Originally Posted by leigh
I absolutely cannot understand how you can sit there and deny that US culture has a strong vein of paranoia running through it. I seem to recall saying this before to you, but I'll repeat it: I'm very well travelled, and the US is by far the most paranoid place I've ever been, starting right from the treatment you receive at the airport on arrival.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Government and American Mainstream Media directly and deliberately engineer the paranoia you are talking about.
Americans are constantly told that XYZ Police State-like measures are necessary, otherwise the big bad terrorists from the Middle East will strike again...
"We need to X-Ray your body and search you down to your underwear to protect attacks against airliners".
"We need to log all phone calls, text messages, internet usage and skype conversations, otherwise, again, the big bad terrorists will strike again!"
"We need to become suspicious when people opt to pay with cash at stores. Any amount over 10 Dollars paid in cash may be a sign that the person is a terrorist."
This - to me rather daft - attitude translates into American made computer games like Call of Duty or Battlefield 3 as well.
All game-guns are based on real models, the combat action is fast & fierce, and the game's overarching objective is to fight the "Eastern Evildoers" using unrestrained armed force, which makes you a "hero" or "winner".
Of course part of the reason why so many Military shooter games are made in the last few years is so Uncle Sam's Army gets a steady stream of young recruits/volunteers who are inspired by jingoistic ra-ra-ra in these games, and can easily be persuaded to use lethal force against "evildoers overseas".
The whole thing is a huge moral & ethical mess in my opinion.
It is like America cannot stand the idea of a "normalization of affairs", where, say, paying for a mobile phone with 420 Dollars in cash does not make you an instant "person of interest" or "suspicious person".
My 2 Cents...