Games under attack by the new Archbishop of Canterbury

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Computer games have come under attack by the new Archbishop of Canterbury, with the spiritual head of the Church of England slamming the form of entertainment saying it corrupts the young.

Former Archbishop of Wales, Rowan Williams, said computer games typify modern society's unashamed perception of the young as merely another type of consumer.

In the launch against consumer society entertainment giant Walt Disney and child talent shows also came under fire by Williams, which he said not only corrupted young people but also made them prematurely sexually aware.

In a book serialised in the London Times Williams wrote: "Anything but innocuous is the conscription of children into fetishist hysteria of style wars," he said. "It is still mercifully rare to murder for a pair of trainers, or to commit suicide because of an inability to keep up with peer group fashion; but what can we say about a marketing culture that so openly feeds and colludes with obsession?

"The Disney empire has developed this to an unprecedented degree of professionalism," he said. However Williams said he was a big fan of TV's The Simpsons naming the show "one of the most subtle pieces of propaganda in the cause of sense, humility and virtue."

News source: Indie

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