News Flash: Politician Unable to Penetrate Abstraction

During a Congressional hearing on ‘dangerous’ videogames like Grand Theft Auto, Rep. Joe Barton admits that he plays Civilization IV, which leads David Weigel at Hit & Run to opine:

Five minutes of a good Civ IV game can result in the genocide of hundreds of thousands of people. Nuclear weapons can be dropped on cities; primitive cultures can be subjugated at the end of a broadsword. Meanwhile, in Grand Theft Auto, you can shoot a ho. If there’s a better encapsulation of the priorities and ethics of our congressional censors, I’ve not seen it.

As a topper, the Star Trek tangent in the H&R comments is mildly amusing.

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