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How We See Star Wars (Part 2) – Movies with Mikey

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Jumanji: Is VIDEO GAME VIOLENCE ETHICAL | Welcome to the Jungle | Space Taste

Is VIDEO GAME VIOLENCE destroying society?? We deep dive into Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to find out! Big thanks to our friend 24 Frames of Nick for shouting us out! Comment if he sent you 🙂

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Video games are significant in modern society. Each year, gamers spend billions on violent games like Red Dead Redemption 2 and Call of Duty. But while the consumer spending increases, so does the advancement in gaming technology. This allows for increasingly life-like graphics that blend reality and simulated fiction. We all know that with great power comes great responsibility, but does the same apply to video games? What effect do video games have on the young and impressionable? Won’t anyone think of the children? Should video game developers limit the violence they put in games? Let’s dive into Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to find out. The 2017 fantasy is a continuation of Robin William’s classic.
In the lush world of Jumanji, there exists machine gun toting bad guys, deadly hippos, and… Nick Jonas? While the fantasy film itself isn’t inherently violent, it’s mostly a comedy, the premise of the film involves real life or death stakes in a video game. In Jumanji, each character in the film gets three lives, and once those lives run out, they permanently die.
If video games could kill, no one would play them. So why was Jumanji created? Much like Zathura, it’s origins are unclear. We can assume that the game was likely created by some disgruntled wizard who was fired from his game job.
Jumanji is dangerous. In fact, it’s probably the most dangerous video game ever made. Are real video games just as harmful?
The video game industry is no stranger to controversy, especially with recent studies linking adolescent aggression to gaming. The results of a meta-analysis of 24 studies from around the world found that children become more aggressive as they play violent video games.
But, aggression is a fairly general noun, so don’t jump to conclusions. Aside from the click-bait headlines, the finer print tells us that although the effect of video game induced aggression is minimal.
According to a 2018 national survey, 52% of American adults think violent video games lead to more violence in our society. Are video game developers at fault for the violence they put in their games? Is there a correlation between real world violence and real world gamers? Not that we’ve seen. For many Americans, there’s still a big distinction between animated violence and real world violence.
If 52% percent of American adults think that violent video games lead to more violence in our society, the answer isn’t to ban or water down games, but rather to implement stricter laws on who’s purchasing them. The ESRB exists for a reason. Developers shouldn’t have limitations on what they choose to put into their games. Unless of course they’re choosing to put in real human beings in a deadly magic jungle.
Are violent video games ethical? We say YES. Absolutely.
Even if studies continue to find negative correlations between young children, aggression, and video games, the solution isn’t to dilute our gaming experiences, but to have stricter age limitations on games. Maybe parents shouldn’t buy Red Dead Redemption 2 for their child?
While 52% of American adults harbor negativity towards AAA video game titles, the rest of us will be blasting away enemies in badass virtual worlds. What do you think? Are violent video games ethical? Comment below, subscribe, and we’ll see you Jumanji jungles.

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How We See Star Wars (Part 1) – Movies with Mikey

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Planet of the Apes: Is PLANETARY COHABITATION Ethical?? | Sci-fi Breakdown | Space Taste

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Halloween III: Is MARKETING TO CHILDREN Ethical?? | Season of the Witch Breakdown | Spacetaste

Is MARKETING TO CHILDREN ethical? We deep dive into Halloween III: Season of the Witch to find out! It’s only a few more days to HALLOWEEN. Comment your thoughts and opinions!

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Season of the Witch (1982) explores hypnotic marketing tactics that lure children into the deadliest Halloween trick of all time. And although this sci-fi horror mystery is clearly fiction, it’s a scarily accurate representation of the power of corporate manipulation. It’s also the only film in the franchise that DOES NOT feature Michael Myers. Penned as a standalone story in a separate universe from the John Carpenter classic, Halloween 3 follows Doctor Daniel Challis as he investigates a shady corporation called Silver Shamrock, run by an elderly CEO who controls men in black and commands them to murder those who know too much.

Halloween is the one time of the year where myths and legends of old pagan traditions are celebrated as consumers favor superstition over science and spend over 9 billion dollars on everything from candy to costumes. And while the cash pours into the pockets of corporate CEO’s, you’re likely to believe that they pose no threat to consumers, right? Well, we’d like to think so. But what would happen if these billion-dollar head honchos didn’t care about money, but instead, human sacrifice?
The sci-fi horror movie explores marketing to children through corporate advertising of Halloween masks. This showcases how far marketing will go especially with the inclusion of the men in black (androids). They’re led by a CEO and ex-toymaker warlock who carries on the Celtic tradition of sacrificing every child who purchases their Halloween mask. Each Silver Shamrock Mask is equipped with a computer chip hidden beneath their metal tags, along with a piece of stolen stone hedge. Once these masks are triggered, the results are explosive. Michael Meyers would be proud.

Silver Shamrock is similar to Kellog’s or Mcdonald’s, companies which spend billions in marketing directly marketing to children.Is it right for corporations to influence such a young demographic? When does targeted advertising go too far?
In a 1994 New York Times article, Scientists at the Philip Morris Cigarette Company found evidence 11 years prior that a substance in cigarettes was as addictive as nicotine. When this research was discovered, it was halted by the company, and as a result, their lab was shut down. This sleazy move exhibits just how far companies will go to protect their products, even if they know they aren’t safe. Although cigarettes aren’t currently marketed directly to children, as they have in the past, other potentially harmful products are.
Kool-aid, Froot Loops, and Coca Cola three products are liquid crack marketed to children. Just like the silver shamrock commercials, their product advertising is often deceiving and hypnotic. Vivid colors, zany characters, and the promise of how awesome you’ll be if you decide to consume.
Marketing tactics aside, consuming these products in moderation is OK. Childhood would be depressing and horror-filled with only vegetables to eat. Aend of the day, these companies are still marketing liquid crack to children WHICH begs the question, is marketing unsafe or unhealthy products to children using deceptively hypnotic techniques ethical? We say NO. If corporations know that their product is unsafe or unhealthy, they shouldn’t be advertising them to the young and impressionable in a manipulative manne regardless if in a sci-fi film or not.
Halloween III: Season of the Witch is the ultimate scary scenario of what happens when corporate manipulation goes too far. Is mass corporate sacrifice by an evil warlock likely to happen? No. Not really. But it can. And that’s enough for us to be on edge.
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Predator: Is TROPHY HUNTING Ethical?? | Sci-fi Breakdown | Space Taste

Is Trophy Hunting Ethical?? Deep dive into sci-fi classic Predator and examine the ethics of the Predator. Through the Predator, we will determine…Is this form of hunting ethical??

In Predator films, the Predator hunts and kills humans. The Predator is a member of Yautja species, a species that hunts for honor and sport. Human prey is exotic to the hunter. In the original film, Arnold Schwarzenegerr leads a team of commandoes on a mission in a Central American Jungle as they are hunted by the extraterrestrial threats.

Hunting for humans can sometimes be necessary to survive, protect, and keep overpopulation in check. Humans are descendants of hunters and gatherers, and without society or agriculture, we would revert back to our primitive roots. Predators are devoid of ethics and are trained and bred to hunt. They love to remove spinal cords. Most humans are not bred specifically for hunting or killing.

Humans hunted and gathered primarily until the development of agriculture and the rise of more modern civilizations. Trophy hunting evolved where hunting was done for sport rather than for survival. It brings along a new ethical dilemma. This ethical dilemma present in both the 1987 and 2018 Predator films as man is hunted like a beast.

Trophy hunting by both humans and predators is bad. We can’t be hypocritical. To some people, exotic earth-based animals are seen as fodder and free to kill. To a Predator, WE ARE seen as the lesser beings. In many ways, we are. The Predator is faster, stronger and possibly smarter than most people. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger and had a tough time with one.

Is Trophy Hunting ethical? We say NO! We’re not commenting on other, possibly positive forms of hunting, only the hunting of exotic animals for pride. Many species have become endangered from over-hunting. Pride could lead to the rending of many extinct species. Predators killing humans and keeping their spinal cords is little different from hunters killing rhinos for their horns.

Make sure to comment if you agree or disagree! So…Is Trophy Hunting Ethical? Does it matter if the hunter is terrestrial (human) or extraterrestrial? Is still ethical? Let us know!

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Gattaca: The Ethics of Genetically Modified Humans | Sci-fi Breakdown | Space Taste

Are genetically modified humans ethical? Gattca is inevitable. This dystopian film looks at a future where children are not born in mommies, but in labs. Vincent Freeman, our classic sci-fi hero, is a genetically inferior individual who wants to become an astronaut. He wishes to explore space and visit Titan but he lives in a world of eugenics. He wasn’t genetically altered like the designer babies as well a life-threatening heart condition. His brother is near perfect.

Vincent assumes the identity of a genetically modified adult named Jerome. Genetic engineering let Jerome succeed as a famed athlete until he got in a major accident and was left handicapped. Vincent uses Jerome’s genetic ID to joins the Gattaca Space Program as an official employee. All is well, until the death of a Gattaca Officer sends Vincent on a cat and mouse chase with the police, and his own brother. In the end, Vincent manages to secure his spot aboard a spaceship, while his helpful genetically superior friend toasts himself in a blaze of self-pity.

Is Gattaca’s dystopian science fiction eugenics soon to come? Genetic modification requires inserting or deleting a few DNA ‘letters’ in an organism’s genome to add in a new gene—genetic engineering! Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Genetic medication can occur through directly injecting genome editors into one-cell embroys & by cloning a genetically modified cell using somatic cell nuclear transfer. While this might sound like science fiction, it’s real, and, it’s happening. This genetic science is extremely controversial, for the largest roadblock genetic modification would face, would not be the science of it, but the ethics.

In the world of Gattaca, naturally born children are labeled “in-valids” and segregated from the genetically engineered “valids.” They can’t attend proper schools or pursue great careers given that their resume is in their DNA. When our society DOES reach it’s Gattaca potential, there could be severe ethical backlash, at least in the short term.

Genetic modification of specific traits and genetics would be costly. Only the rich would be able to afford genetic engineering. While the 1% lavishly construct their children in a build-a-bear for babies, designing them with impressive athletic traits and dashingly good looks, the middle-class and poor would be forced to spin the wheel of chance, chance that could result in their child having genetic dispositions like Vincent’s. Worldwide outrage.

As decades pass, the price of these genetic procedures would drop significantly, and the greater population would be able to afford the same treatment as the wealthy. Society would stabilize and shift, as the playing field levels. Humanity would have decades of discrimination. Is it right for generations of individuals to go through this discrimination, just so that humanity can move forward technologically?

Ultimately, the exclusivity of the initial phase of designer babies would be just plain unethical. We’re all for advancing humanity, but human beings should not be made unequal.

So…are Genetically Modified Humans ethical? Is genetic engineering inevitable? Would you genetically engineer them? Let us know in the comments below!

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