So I was at my favorite coffee shop with my buddies last night, and while we were there I noticed some new posters on the walls. Initially, I thought they looked so cool, and naturally being a photographer I had to take a picture of one of them! The more I looked at it, the more I began to realize what kind of message the picture gave off. •
In the picture you can see a skeleton’s head sticking out of a woman’s boot, and it looks like a Mexican Dia de Los Muertos style of art. Looking more into it and at many of the other art pieces around the coffee shop, I noticed that skeletons were a common theme in the artworks. •
This leads me to my question, why has our society become with somewhat obsessed with death? I don’t think this was the goal in Mexican culture, instead they wish to make it a way to remember loved ones. However, the US has distorted that view. We watch shows like 13 Reasons Why where suicide is both shown and discussed, but not in a negative light. (Take this with a grain of salt, I’m going off of what I’ve heard. I have not seen the show.) In addition, the news is filled with stories of school shootings, bombings, and other horrible acts. Once source noted that 109 different shows airing right on TV involve and revolve around murder. As well as this, video games make killing seem like a light thing, I myself relate to this one! I’ve played first person shooter games since I was in 6th grade, and if I listened to myself talk during those games I’d be surprised by my vocabulary. “Headshots” and “dropping bodies” become common terms. •
All together, why has this become such a part of our culture? Could this have an influence on why our country has taken a turn with gun violence?
This isn’t a post to show how much I disagree with guns, in fact I support of them. Yet, I am curious and intrigued by the reason behind all of the murders in our country.
HERE ARE MY IDEAS:
1. Our generation has an identity issue.
2. They long for attention.
3. They will do ANYTHING to get that attention.
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