When I was in college, I took a class in science fiction as a literature genre. It sounded interesting and I figured it should be an easy A and not much work. That did not turn out to be the case, but it was a good course. I read a number of books I would never otherwise have even known existed.
One of these was A Clockwork Orange. Basically, it was about youth gone wild. The main characters took great pleasure in attacking people at random and beating them up.
Now forward ahead in time forty years and we have the "Knock out game." I first saw a video of this on BBC America a few weeks ago, and assumed it was just some random psychopath at work. A young woman is walking down the street in the video, talking on a cell phone. Even before the hulking black guy came running up behind her, I was thinking that this was an example of very poor situational awareness. I had no idea what was about to happen because I'd missed the narrative leading into the video.
This huge man runs up behind this girl, and hits her on the side of the head as hard as he could. She went down in a heap, I doubt she even knew he was there. The assailant walks away grinning, and the girl just lays there on the sidewalk. Nobody tried to help and nobody tried to apprehend the attacker.
Then a few days ago there was a post on a blog I read, and I learned this is a "game" that has now spread to the U.S. The "players" are young black men for the most part, and the victims are elderly people, women and kids at random. One man has died from head injuries sustained when he was attacked from behind by two of these characters.
The stories about it spreading are starting to show up on the mainstream media now. Fox News had a segment tonight. The newscaster said that most of the people who are doing the attacking are minors, and they know even if they get arrested, they'll get off light.
Do you remember the old Q Ships from World War One. The Brits would take a crappy old freighter, arm it to the teeth, and hide the guns under boxes and tarps. When a U boat came up to sink the ship with gunfire , in order to save a torpedoe, the British would tear off the covers and open fire.
One way to put an end to this game would be to put some police on the street dressed up as the target demographic, and let them shoot these individuals as an act of self defense. I know they won't do that but I wonder how else this is going to be brought under control?
One thing is certain, people who live in cities and have to walk on the street had better stop talking on the cell phone and listening to music. The Goblins are out in force. You have to wonder what kind of human being would do this to an innocent person, and of course the answer is, a human being wouldn't. The individuals who are playing this game are not people and don't deserve to be treated as such. Think of them more as Morelocks or Zombies, which is more appropriate.