Edward Snowden: Comic Books and Video Games Inspired, Motivated Whistleblowing

By: Friday October 25, 2013 6:30 am

The Advocate’s interview with Glenn Greenwald reveals a lot about the lawyer-turned journalist who broke the Edward Snowden NSA leaks. And in it, Greenwald explains that during a his lengthy interview with Snowden in Hong Kong he learned what inspired and motivated the twenty-something security expert to blow the whistle on the NSA’s surveillance programs.


Tom Clancy’s Video Game Lets You Torture Gitmo Prisoners for Fun!

By: Monday August 26, 2013 6:30 pm

I’ve played violent video games. I’ve killed billions of pixels (most look like monsters, but not all). I’ve watched violent movies and TV. I’ve seen thousands of simulated murders. I don’t think playing the games or watching the movies makes me more apt to pick up a gun and go on a shooting spree.

Obama Mostly Ignored Movies and Video Games in Gun Address

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 1:43 pm

One of the aspects about President Obama’s address on guns that I don’t feel got much attention is what he didn’t say. For the most part Obama didn’t talk about violent movies, TV show,s or video games. The single reference in his entire speech to violent media was a call for some funding to study the impact of violent video games.

Don’t Blame the Video Games

By: Friday January 11, 2013 8:25 am

Vice President Joe Biden is meeting with representatives of the video game industry to talk about gun violence, so I want to take a moment to talk about how incredibly misguided it is to blame video games for the incredible amount of gun violence in this country. It shows how distorted the debate has become in this country that regulating virtual depictions of guns is often more discussed as a solution than regulating the actual guns.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes David Swanson, War Is A Lie

By: Sunday November 28, 2010 1:59 pm

Clearly, War Is A Lie is an ambitious effort, organized around ideas rather than chronology, taking in, albeit briefly, most of the wars we talk about, from Iraq and Afghanistan to the two World Wars, back to the Civil War and even to antiquity. It is full of eye-opening facts that cast doubt on the school textbook version of events, and “wow” moments where we are made to question our deepest assumptions. David Swanson whets my appetite for a much more discerning look at particular wars I thought I knew much about, and more importantly, about war itself. He is particularly effective in demonstrating the cynicism and duplicity of leaders who tell us that war is for one purpose, while knowing full well that it is for another.

Swanson’s passion for the topic, his compassion for all peoples, his fresh thinking and his commitment to questioning conventional attitudes toward war and exposing popular myths and fallacies are what stand out. He presents many significant pieces of history that are not widely known and effectively assumes the mantle of moral guide. Swanson makes a compelling case for our re-examining our own knowledge about why we make war, and underlines the deception and folly that is almost always at the core of such violent adventures. Compared to traditional histories and analyses, and even with its drawbacks, I consider War Is A Lie an important work and one worthy of our attention. I’m glad to moderate this conversation.

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