I generally try to keep things light in my blog posts. This is not one of those days. I came across this video on youtube earlier this week and I knew that I would have to use it on the blog.
I grew up during the 1980s when the Cold War was winding down, but the threat of thermonuclear war (see WarGames starring Matthew Broderick) was a seemingly ever present danger. I knew of nuclear weapons before I heard of the bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but yet as a citizen of the United States of America, the self-labeled leader of the free world, I knew very little about how many “tests” were done to demonstrate our might. Our culture is leaden with violence and themes of competition and dominance. These are not accidents. Children are given video games which act out invasions, explosions, and hand-to-hand combat.
I feel the animation used here takes the fake world of video games and turns it into a real representation of the kinds of aggression that human beings engage in with each other. I know that it is quite long, but I feel that it is entirely worth a full viewing.