On the Virginia Tech shootings, the Nichols Mines Amish girls shootings, the Columbine shootings… It wouldn’t take a professor of Social Psychology to figure this out. We are awash in media/entertainment violence. It influences our pysches. If someone tips from, say, an emotional problem — they are now (in the year 2007) more apt to act out some of the violent imagery they’ve been watching. And here’s the rub: We are all responsible. Each time we watch a violent television show or movie, we are making a consumer choice. Those consumer choices translate to quantifiable viewing figures. Companies then weigh these figures and spend big money with the shows that get the most viewership. In other words, we are subsidizing a violent culture! Yet we won’t connect the dots on this thing, because we’re too addicted to watching the violence at this point. Note: Those consumer viewing choices also translate into: morally quantifiable figures.