Please watch this short FoxNews video entitled—Huckabee: Civility in Political Rhetoric?
Political conservative, Mike Huckabee’s criticism of a violent left wing video game is featured in this video clip. This video game, like Tax Invaders, discussed in Ian Bogost’s article “Videogames and Ideological Frames” serves opposing political purposes. On the one hand—it works to reinforce democratic ideologies, and on the other—it may help conservatives to further orient their frame in opposition to progressives. Thus it reinforces for progressives and for conservatives their political frames’ as diametrically opposed.
|Snapshot of the Videogame (It does seem very violent, not my taste, |
but this type of violent videogaming rhetoric exists on both sides.)
What is laughable about Huckabee’s sanctimony in this video is his pretended surprise over the existence of such left wing ideological video games. Violent and so-called “uncivilized” video games exist on both sides of the political spectrum. We clearly see this in conservative video games, like Tax Invaders with its “taxation as theft frame” that invites its players to save the world from John Kerry’s tax positions (169). I see this video clip as more comical than anything else—for its so-called “civilized” framing of political discourse. Therefore, we see that Huckabees’s video represents and reinforces frames of conservative identity—the frame of the conservative as a “civilized” victim and the progressive as an “uncivilized” murdering, spendthrift who steals personal branding rights from the hardworking conservative politician. Lol… I hope you get a little chuckle from watching this sad video!