“It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.”—Arnold Toynbee
Dad:Doc [Lavery] came by to visit and we had great craic*. Did I ever tell you my story about the Portuguese men when I lived on Mullholland?
Dad:I was in Oliver's where I met a couple of Portuguese men. We talked in English, which they knew very little of, and in Portuguese, which I know very little of, and mostly in Spanish, which they knew a great deal more of, but I was able to manage. I asked them, 'Here you are from Portugal, where you have sunshine most of the days, beautiful women, great wine, and wonderful music. What brings you to Dundalk?' To which they replied, 'El craic*'.
(for more on "craic", see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craic)
Now, I do agree that children—not adults—could be influenced by the messages sent in media. However, video games are such a break from reality that I find it a bit hard to believe that this one aspect of the game is going to alter normative perceptions THAT much. You also go out, steal cars, beat and kill people, and do a whole lot of other things that people didn’t start doing en masse after the other GTA games came out. I know CADCA is supposed to keep an eye out for things like this, but… come on!