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2013-04-22 08:07:26 AM
laughingsquid.com
 
2013-04-22 08:15:42 AM
And in other news, TMA is run by assholes
 
2013-04-22 08:21:52 AM
We should lock up the rest of the 10 million people or so that watch it just to be safe.
 
2013-04-22 08:22:44 AM
If tv shows have such an effect, how come I'm not a zombie hunter after watching The Walking Dead?

Oh yeah, because I'm sane.
 
2013-04-22 08:34:08 AM

SilentStrider: If tv shows have such an effect, how come I'm not a zombie hunter after watching The Walking Dead?

Oh yeah, because I'm sane.


www.aceshowbiz.com
 
2013-04-22 08:35:51 AM

UNC_Samurai: www.aceshowbiz.com


That easily goes down as one of the best commercials of all time
 
2013-04-22 08:42:52 AM
I blame the unhealthy diets of the majority of Americans.  Cut down on your red meat consumption, you crazies.
 
2013-04-22 08:48:27 AM
BAN TMZ!!
 
2013-04-22 08:59:24 AM
*whew*  I've not seen either, I guess I'm safe.
 
2013-04-22 09:11:33 AM
It's ironic because it's quite likely that shows like TMZ helped drive them over the edge.
 
2013-04-22 09:14:48 AM
Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones both are contributing to our culture of violence.
 
2013-04-22 09:15:48 AM
I told you people a year ago that "Breaking Bad" is bad.

If this guy had stuck with  Judge Judy he would have been OK.
 
2013-04-22 09:16:18 AM

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: It's ironic because it's quite likely that shows like TMZ helped drive them over the edge.


Yeah this.

This thread is practically begging for an ironic tag.
 
2013-04-22 09:16:35 AM
Then you have Cuomo blaming Gobal Warming, not sure which one is dumber.
 
2013-04-22 09:16:52 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones both are contributing to our culture of violence.


Just like all those John Wayne movies did.
 
2013-04-22 09:17:06 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones both are contributing to our culture of violence.


Teach the Controversy!
 
2013-04-22 09:17:23 AM
I blame Spartacus. The brothers were emulating Agron and Nasir's relationship.
 
2013-04-22 09:17:59 AM
What about that reality show "How to Blow Up a Crowd" on the Anarchy Network? I know it lost a lot of viewers after if fired Jasmine from Semtex Island (fired from a cannon) after her improvised beehive device failed to kill the 20 pre-schoolers to keep her in the running. Of course, she was the eye candy in her latex and leather outfit that stood out among the rest. Now, as they head in to the finals, it's just four hyper obese guys with poor sanitary habits who blame their upbringing and Jihad, a swarthy middle eastern man who screams "Justice! Revenge!" every time the camera focuses on him.

I know. It's on my Tivo but I don't even watch it anymore. If I want blood and gore, I'll watch "Happy Tree Friends".
 
2013-04-22 09:20:03 AM
TMZ is a "media outlet"?
 
2013-04-22 09:20:29 AM
How is nailing your sibling or cooking meth the same as bombing a sporting event?
 
2013-04-22 09:20:36 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones both are contributing to our culture of violence.


this.

and we need reasonable control over violent television and video games as badly as we need reasonable gun control.

/ vomit
 
2013-04-22 09:25:41 AM

legion_of_doo: tenpoundsofcheese: Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones both are contributing to our culture of violence.

this.

and we need reasonable control over violent television and video games as badly as we need reasonable gun control.

/ vomit


We should institute background checks on television, film, and video game producers to make sure they are responsible enough.
 
2013-04-22 09:26:17 AM
He didn't dispose of any corpses.
 
2013-04-22 09:28:15 AM
He tweeted earlier this year ... "Breaking Bad taught me how to dispose of a corpse."


He made no effort to dispose of the corpses of the people he killed, so this argument is invalid.
 
2013-04-22 09:28:17 AM
Yeah, next thing you know, they'll be dragons over Fenway and Boston's Finest will be up against the Unsullied.

/although wildfire might clean up the Charles
 
2013-04-22 09:28:56 AM

HotWingConspiracy: He didn't dispose of any corpses.


*my tiny fist... it is a shakin'*
 
2013-04-22 09:29:43 AM
I must have horrible reading comprehension.  Can someone point out the portion where TMZ blames the bombers actions on a show?
 
2013-04-22 09:30:31 AM

AteMyBrain: TMZ is a "media outlet"?


This. Expecting serious editorial comment from TMZ is like expecting a dog to play chess.
 
2013-04-22 09:32:08 AM
24 i could understand, but not sure how Breaking Bad applies here.  Were those pressure cooker meth bombs or something?
 
2013-04-22 09:32:13 AM

legion_of_doo: tenpoundsofcheese: Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones both are contributing to our culture of violence.

this.

and we need reasonable control over violent television and video games as badly as we need reasonable gun control.

/ vomit


Well yes actually, in that neither of them particularly need major expansion of oversight.

/The "culture of violence" certainly is bad but Orwellian thought control is a cure worse than the disease. And besides, its arguable that mass media violence is symptomatic rather than causitive.
//slashie longer than post.
 
2013-04-22 09:32:31 AM
CNN reports that a second zombie has finished the marathon!
 
2013-04-22 09:32:44 AM

someonelse: legion_of_doo: tenpoundsofcheese: Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones both are contributing to our culture of violence.

this.

and we need reasonable control over violent television and video games as badly as we need reasonable gun control.

/ vomit

We should institute background checks on television, film, and video game producers to make sure they are responsible enough.


good ideas.

we can also regulate Islam. maybe require registration of your (deviant) religious preferences, like Islam.

/ only the law breaking Moslem should worry about registration and regulation.
 
2013-04-22 09:33:19 AM
I can see a connection with the guy who made Ricin......
 
2013-04-22 09:33:32 AM

I_Am_Weasel: *whew*  I've not seen either, I guess I'm safe.



Me neither, but does Game of Thrones have bombs?

/don't even have a TV
 
2013-04-22 09:33:48 AM
why do we even allow TMZ articles on here?
 
2013-04-22 09:33:48 AM

Oliver Twisted: I must have horrible reading comprehension.  Can someone point out the portion where TMZ blames the bombers actions on a show?


uh...the headline:
"BOSTON BOMBER TOOK CUES FROM BREAKING BAD"

/plus it's implicit in publishing the article in the first place.
 
2013-04-22 09:33:49 AM
Is there a current Grand Theft Auto game out now? I'm surprised people aren't all over that.
 
2013-04-22 09:34:02 AM
Wait, I thought the violence in Boston was perpetrated by members of the Tea Party...
 
2013-04-22 09:35:16 AM

FarkinNortherner: AteMyBrain: TMZ is a "media outlet"?

This. Expecting serious editorial comment from TMZ is like expecting a dog to play chess.


C'mon, you've see the picture.  They can play poker.  Jeez.
 
2013-04-22 09:35:28 AM

BowtoMogul: I can see a connection with the guy who made Ricin......


Elvis is to blame for that guy
 
2013-04-22 09:36:12 AM
God help us if the media finds out he liked to play Call of Duty, then we'll have yet another "violent video games are turning kids into killers" shiatstorm.
 
2013-04-22 09:36:47 AM

someonelse: legion_of_doo: tenpoundsofcheese: Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones both are contributing to our culture of violence.

this.

and we need reasonable control over violent television and video games as badly as we need reasonable gun control.

/ vomit

We should institute background checks on television, film, and video game producers to make sure they are responsible enough.


We should let Spielberg edit out all of the guns/swords/pressure cookers from TV & movies!
 
2013-04-22 09:37:09 AM
I equate this with Stephanie Meyer calling Charles Dickens a hack writer. They had to pick on the big dog to make themselves feel relavent in this event. I can hear the conversation in my head.

"What do you got on the bomber brothers?"

" We cornered Beyonce at the airport and she just smiled got into an SUV and left."

"We can't just keep quiet on this we must have a story. Blame a couple of good shows, just make sure they aren't on our networks."
 
2013-04-22 09:37:15 AM
The government needs terrorists to scare people like this so that we all isolate ourselves from one another, increase our bread and circuses viewing of violent or culturally destructive reality TV, thereby exacerbating the cycle of isolated lonely individuals who go out and commit mass murder so they can force feed even more government control and gun control legislation down our throats and strangle democracy while maintaining a fascist level of control and profiting off the backs of a fiat currency dominated by the evil greedy bankers, which are controlled by polymorphing alien parasites from Xalax-13.

/did I miss anything?
 
2013-04-22 09:37:20 AM

macadamnut: I_Am_Weasel: *whew*  I've not seen either, I guess I'm safe.


Me neither, but does Game of Thrones have bombs?

/don't even have a TV


some of the breastsesses on the show are fuller than others.

/ also, magic alchemical fire
 
2013-04-22 09:37:46 AM

someonelse: Just like all those John Wayne movies did.


But John Wayne was a real American.  Game of Thrones are a bunch of EuroCommies.
 
2013-04-22 09:41:42 AM
Do not give TMZ any awards, subby.
 
2013-04-22 09:42:26 AM
I thought it would have been Fox News. I was flipping around on that over the weekend and they had one show that the host and guest were basically begging to be turned into a police state.
 
2013-04-22 09:44:23 AM

macadamnut: I_Am_Weasel: *whew*  I've not seen either, I guess I'm safe.


Me neither, but does Game of Thrones have bombs?

/don't even have a TV


Nope. Naked whores and sword fighting mostly. Okay, there was a little napalm used against ships, but since Joker and Tammy didn't blow up a regatta it doesn't count.

Naked whores!   *raises glass*
 
2013-04-22 09:45:15 AM
How is "reporting" that he liked those shows blaming this on the shows?

/also fark TMZ, a tabloid brought to life, and mods can't get enough of it
 
2013-04-22 09:48:06 AM

give me doughnuts: macadamnut: I_Am_Weasel: *whew*  I've not seen either, I guess I'm safe.


Me neither, but does Game of Thrones have bombs?

/don't even have a TV

Nope. Naked whores and sword fighting mostly. Okay, there was a little napalm used against ships, but since Joker and Tammy didn't blow up a regatta it doesn't count.

Naked whores!   *raises glass*


HERE! HERE!
To naked whores..
.ts2.mm.bing.net
 
2013-04-22 09:49:56 AM

Mugato: Is there a current Grand Theft Auto game out now? I'm surprised people aren't all over that.


It is only by a stroke of luck that Grand Theft Auto V was delayed. I mean, otherwise the Boston incident would have been blamed on a game set in a very fictional world--one where the cops shoot at people for no particularly good reason and people are scared shiatless because the media tells them to be.

/Wait
//Guess it isn't so fictional, huh?
 
2013-04-22 09:51:32 AM

AteMyBrain: TMZ is a "media outlet"?


Euphemism for "anus."
 
2013-04-22 09:53:21 AM
give me doughnuts:


Naked whores!   *raises glass*

Amen, brother.  GoT portrays naked whores the way God intended them to be.
 
2013-04-22 09:53:33 AM

Voiceofreason01: Oliver Twisted: I must have horrible reading comprehension.  Can someone point out the portion where TMZ blames the bombers actions on a show?

uh...the headline:
"BOSTON BOMBER TOOK CUES FROM BREAKING BAD"

/plus it's implicit in publishing the article in the first place.


No, you inferred it from the publishing of the article.  Stop playing their game and the game will go away.
 
2013-04-22 09:54:27 AM
We should require background checks for dragons. They shouldn't just be given to teenagers with a family history of mental illness.
 
2013-04-22 09:55:01 AM
just because Breaking Bad has some scenes where they disposed of a body in a barrel of acid, does not mean this genius could actually get a barrel of acid. 

Besides, what's wrong with driving an hour or 2 into the middle of nowhere and burying a body like in the old days. Doesn't take a criminal mastermind.
 
2013-04-22 09:55:29 AM

Oliver Twisted: No, you inferred it from the publishing of the article.  Stop playing their game and the game will go away.


"Playing their game"? I didn't even click on the article until some farknut decided to be deliberately obtuse in order to troll for responses. If anything I should be pissed at you for making me read a TMZ article.
 
2013-04-22 10:00:08 AM

Mad_Radhu: We should require background checks for dragons. They shouldn't just be given to teenagers with a family history of mental illness.


It is my constitutional right to buy as much wildfire as I like.
 
2013-04-22 10:02:30 AM

Voiceofreason01: Oliver Twisted: No, you inferred it from the publishing of the article.  Stop playing their game and the game will go away.

"Playing their game"? I didn't even click on the article until some farknut decided to be deliberately obtuse in order to troll for responses. If anything I should be pissed at you for making me read a TMZ article.


Sorry.  Didn't mean to make you think.
 
2013-04-22 10:09:21 AM
That's stupid.

Clearly the focus should be on contact sports. We've all seen the tragedies that occurred when American football players received blows to the head. Murder-suicides are not exactly unknown in the football world lately. Why should boxing be any different? The years of head trauma of the older brother caused him to become unstable. He went on to live out this disgusting fantasy, dragging his younger sibling (a sibling who worshipped him) down with him. If it weren't for these brutal sports whose coaches instill the message, "Win at all costs," the problem would not be so widespread.

When are we going to learn? When are we going to stop putting our own lives at risk because we like sending our children to pretend war on Friday nights and Saturdays? Football, boxing, wrestling and wrastlin', muay thai, water polo, rugby--they're all barbaric sports that cause head injuries. Head injuries the can cause organic damage to the medulla oblongata and other parts of the brain where aggressive urges are normally censored.

Clearly something needs to be done to end the madness.
 
2013-04-22 10:10:51 AM
Well if people are going to blame inanimate objects for violence then it stands to reason that those same people will blame computer games, TV shows, movies, tidal patterns, planet alignment, ad infinitum.
 
2013-04-22 10:11:23 AM

Oliver Twisted: Sorry.  Didn't mean to make you think.


wow. "TMZ" and "think"
 
2013-04-22 10:12:24 AM

Feral_and_Preposterous: That's stupid.

Clearly the focus should be on contact sports. We've all seen the tragedies that occurred when American football players received blows to the head. Murder-suicides are not exactly unknown in the football world lately. Why should boxing be any different? The years of head trauma of the older brother caused him to become unstable. He went on to live out this disgusting fantasy, dragging his younger sibling (a sibling who worshipped him) down with him. If it weren't for these brutal sports whose coaches instill the message, "Win at all costs," the problem would not be so widespread.

When are we going to learn? When are we going to stop putting our own lives at risk because we like sending our children to pretend war on Friday nights and Saturdays? Football, boxing, wrestling and wrastlin', muay thai, water polo, rugby--they're all barbaric sports that cause head injuries. Head injuries the can cause organic damage to the medulla oblongata and other parts of the brain where aggressive urges are normally censored.

Clearly something needs to be done to end the madness.


Crocodiles are ornery cuz they have all them teeth and no toothbrush.
 
2013-04-22 10:13:05 AM
We never had this level of violence in our culture until The Real World.  I think MTV needs to go back to showing music videos.  For all our sakes.
 
2013-04-22 10:17:18 AM

God Is My Co-Pirate: Mad_Radhu: We should require background checks for dragons. They shouldn't just be given to teenagers with a family history of mental illness.

It is my constitutional right to buy as much wildfire as I like.



24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-22 10:20:15 AM
I thought they were emulating Bo and Luke Duke.
 
2013-04-22 10:25:43 AM

enik: Well if people are going to blame inanimate objects for violence then it stands to reason that those same people will blame computer games, TV shows, movies, tidal patterns, planet alignment, ad infinitum.


It doesn't really stand to reason, though. Nobody actually blames inanimate objects for violence.
 
2013-04-22 10:38:34 AM

macadamnut: I_Am_Weasel: *whew*  I've not seen either, I guess I'm safe.


Me neither, but does Game of Thrones have bombs?

/don't even have a TV



Why do you need a TV?  Game of Thrones was in book form long before they made a TV series out of it.
For the record, I have not seen the TV series at all - but I am reading the books.  I am on #1 right now.  And it is truly awsesome, if not a little disturbing.
 
2013-04-22 10:41:00 AM
I'm pretty sure there is no award for that.
 
2013-04-22 10:43:47 AM

maram500: Mugato: Is there a current Grand Theft Auto game out now? I'm surprised people aren't all over that.

It is only by a stroke of luck that Grand Theft Auto V was delayed. I mean, otherwise the Boston incident would have been blamed on a game set in a very fictional world--one where the cops shoot at people for no particularly good reason and people are scared shiatless because the media tells them to be.


LA?
 
2013-04-22 10:48:06 AM
TMZ is pretty much the asshole of media. Their reporting is the feces that blows out of that asshole.
 
2013-04-22 10:52:06 AM

Voiceofreason01: Oliver Twisted: Sorry.  Didn't mean to make you think.

wow. "TMZ" and "think"


Could have been any version of pseudo-media.  The headline should have been "TMZ throws crap at TV shows, sees if any will land on Boston bomber".    Don't play into their hands.
 
2013-04-22 11:00:23 AM

give me doughnuts: macadamnut: I_Am_Weasel: *whew*  I've not seen either, I guess I'm safe.


Me neither, but does Game of Thrones have bombs?

/don't even have a TV

Nope. Naked whores and sword fighting mostly. Okay, there was a little napalm used against ships, but since Joker and Tammy didn't blow up a regatta it doesn't count.

Naked whores!   *raises glass*


+1 for regatta reference. You just don't see that much anymore.
 
2013-04-22 11:07:45 AM
Just like to point out 2 things about TMZ.

1. The only time I ever hear of them is when I see the tag on Fark. That is how little they are in my sphere of cognizance.
2. The show is so farking retarded... I am no longer friends with several people who refused to change the channel when I've caught them watching it.
 
2013-04-22 11:21:11 AM

Freakin Rican: why do we even allow TMZ articles on here?


It makes bloggers feel better about themselves.
 
2013-04-22 11:22:19 AM

twiztedjustin: Just like to point out 2 things about TMZ.

1. The only time I ever hear of them is when I see the tag on Fark. That is how little they are in my sphere of cognizance.
2. The show is so farking retarded... I am no longer friends with several people who refused to change the channel when I've caught them watching it.


Your second point contradicts the statement you made in your first point.

/Also: I'll bet your ex-friends don't miss you at all.
 
2013-04-22 11:32:30 AM

rfenster: Wait, I thought the violence in Boston was perpetrated by members of the Tea Party...


Not so fast.  They only said it might be people reacting to Tax Day.  That could include Tea Party types or it could be people who manufacture meth as shown on Breaking Bad.  Of course it turned out to be just a couple guys in Boston acting stupidly.
 
2013-04-22 11:42:05 AM
How many times have we been down this road?  TMZ, read this carefully:

He was crazy BEFORE he started watching Breaking Bad.

TV doesn't turn you into a sociopath.  I've watched every episode of Breaking Bad from seasons 1, 2, 3, and 4, and I have yet to kill anyone and dispose of their body with acid.

You morons that try to connect violence with television viewing are the same idiots that think you see the Virgin Mary in a water stain under a bridge.
 
2013-04-22 11:43:22 AM
I have Game of Thrones DVDs. Guess I'm suppose to blow up the whole city?
 
2013-04-22 12:05:52 PM

macadamnut: I_Am_Weasel: *whew*  I've not seen either, I guess I'm safe.


Me neither, but does Game of Thrones have bombs?

/don't even have a TV


In a manner of speaking, yes.

i1192.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-22 12:23:10 PM
I knew TMZ was grasping at straws for the last four years, but daaaaamn.

/Druuuunk. It's my friday, biatches.
// drtfa. Oops.
/// End message.
 
2013-04-22 12:37:31 PM
So we're past blaming violence on video games or rock-n-roll or hip-hop or rap music, on chemicals in the water or the air, the way your mom used to dress all sexy like during the afternoons when daddy was workin'?
 
2013-04-22 12:46:54 PM
Of course! He must have watched that scene where Walt and Jesse build a pressure cooker bomb and use it to terrorize random, innocent civilians!
 
2013-04-22 12:58:57 PM

AteMyBrain: TMZ is a "media outlet"?


Yeah it is.

That reminds me, I dropped a huge media just this morning.
 
2013-04-22 01:18:25 PM
Johny Factfrommyassmonger here with the latest on wich nefarious force in our society caused today's ills.

comic books are to blame. i mean, comic books and Elvis's hips. What I meant was comic books, Elvis's hips, and D&D.  Make that comic books elvis's hips, D&D and rap music. Hold on need to add abortion, liberal media, violent video games, gheys, non-Christions, children TV shows, adult TV shows...

Man we sure are screwed up.
 
2013-04-22 01:26:27 PM

AteMyBrain: TMZ is a "media outlet"?


Hey, if CNN can still call themselves a news network...
 
2013-04-22 01:37:18 PM
Speaking of GoT, last night was pretty damn hot.
 
2013-04-22 05:00:49 PM
TMZ is the one link I see on Fark that I will never click. I don't want to give them the page hits.
 
2013-04-22 09:56:38 PM
If only they'd worshipped the God of Tits and Wine!

/For the night is dark
//Boobies!
 
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