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Pat McMahon

Can't death for fun turn into death for real?

You must have noticed by now that when any news event takes place involving a shocking loss of life, the experts come out of the woodwork.

Total strangers are introduced to the world so they can tell us, with absolute authority, why something happened and what to do about it -- it's guns, it's a lack of discipline at home, it's global warming.

Well, I'm not an expert on anything, but I do have an opinion about the effect of something in our society that has changed dramatically over the last few years.

I'm talking about graphic violence for entertainment.

It wasn't that long ago film and television censorship was focused on both sexuality and violence. I'm not a big fan of bureaucratic censorship, but, while performance arts have become more sexually liberated, there seems to be no limit on blood letting.

Decapitations, dismemberments and torture are not only standard fare on TV, movies and video games, close-ups of all of them seem to be an obligation.

And after a while, don't you think that death for fun, could be confused with death for real?

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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