Describe the aggression cues that we encounter in our social world through the media, the presence of weapons, alcohol and drug consumption, the environment, etc. How do these cues influence our capacity to behave in an aggressive manner?
These cues would include violent video games, action movies steeped in explosions and guns, and our overall perception of crime, which is overt in some areas of the country and perhaps hidden in others. Vulnerability, as a human and emotional concept, is not prized in this society. It is viewed as weakness and that is why American culture, on the whole, is viewed through a violent, competitive and sometimes deadly lens.
America's gun culture is perhaps the biggest and most obvious component within the media: the hero has a gun, or a series of weapons to slash, burn, kill. Alcohol and drug consumption can be caused by violence in the home, as a form of self-medicating, but in the case of drugs specifically, the underground and deadly nature of making money selling illegal drugs is enticing to those who are unable or unwilling to procure regular and socially-accepted forms of employment. Money and power always go together, it seems, so violence and aggression to achieve this power, be it outward or psychological, tends to follow. Capitalism also fuels the need of the "individual" (as opposed to a group or family setting) to fight, slash, burn or steal to get to the top. People are not ranked next to each other, but stacked one on top of each other. This leads towards some form of aggression, either in personal philosophy or outward, open behavior.
Jan 30th, 2015
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