America's Pastime: Pop Pop Pop Goes The 9
Who is considered a victim, who is considered a target and who is considered a threat? "Taking AIM" uses those questions as a starting point, to examine the culture(s) of violence in North America and how the structural mechanisms of violence impact lived scenarios of violence within daily life. I am interested in that fine line that exists between acceptable, condoned and recreational violence, and deplorable criminalized violence. This dichotomy exists through out popular culture, from television programs to Hip Hop to action movies, to sports like boxing, mixed martial arts and football, to excessive use of force within law enforcement. It also exists through out history, in terms of what wars, massacres and assassinations are considered just, and who is considered a tyrant. Finally it exists in the news and current events, in terms of what types of violence gets reported and how it is contextualized.