What’s more interesting? War or Peace?

April 8, 2010 | By | Reply More

What’s more interesting? War or Peace?

I ran a query on Google Trends, and you could probably have predicted that war is far more interesting than peace. Here’s the graph that resulted:

war-and-peaceWar is always more interesting that peace.   That’s how we are wired.  We find conflict so interesting that the news media creates conflict when there isn’t any naturally occurring.   We are have thus become a society addicted to conflict, the more the better, it seems.  Thus, with media reinforcing our dark urges to be entertained by violence, we have become a war-mongering society.  In this post, I called our addiction “Conflict Pornography.”

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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