Sometimes in this position of writing about films, games, and television shows we lose perspective. The entertainment we write about morphs from being the fun diversion they are it is into a full on lifestyle. We get in heated debates on whether Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man is better than The Amazing Spider-Man or if Grand Theft Auto IV was vastly overrated or if Breaking Bad is better than The Shield. We talk non-stop about these issues, all the while forgetting that they are not really of any importance.
As many may know, last night at a midnight showing of the latest Batman flick, The Dark Knight Rises, there was a horrific mass shooting at a Colorado theater performed by a lone 24 year old gunman. As of right now 12 people have been confirmed dead, 50 people were injured and countless others have been scarred emotionally. These people just wanted to do what we all want to do every time we go to a theater, or sit down to play a game, or watch a movie or TV show, enjoy their time. Instead of being able to enjoy a film they obviously were greatly anticipating, what they got was a real nightmare.
This could have taken place anywhere, to any one of us and that should hit home for us. Take a moment and think about the tragedy, about the people that lost their lives and those that lost their loved ones. Hug you kids (or your parents). Squeeze the hand of your significant other. Remember that there is more to life than movies and games. Use entertainment as the diversion from reality that it is but do not forget what is important.
So next time you want to write a comment on a review telling the writer to kill themselves, or attacking someone verbally because they do not agree with your opinion, think first. It is not worth sacrificing your humanity and dignity over stupid stuff. Entertainment should be fun, enjoy it, but let others do so as well.