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Are Violent Video Games and Online Porn Leading to the Demise of Guys?

Illustration by Chuck Todd for story by Bruce Newman for Bay Area News Group

Don’t blame the end of the male species on sex, drugs and rock and roll. A new e-book claims that violent video games and online porn are leading to the “Demise of Guys.”

In today’s online and print editions of San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune Bruce Newman writes about the new book.

Newman writes: ” Lamentations over the fall of man reached a crescendo recently with the publication of a celebrated Stanford University psychologist’s e-book, which suggests that guys may be doomed by their addiction to Xbox video games and X-rated video dames. Among author Philip Zimbardo’s more startling conclusions in “The Demise of Guys,” co-authored by Nikita Duncan: “Video games and online pornography could kill you.”

To read the whole story click here:


For the illustration I wanted to highlight the violent video games and online porn that the authors claim are isolating and rewiring the brains of men. I contrasted the physical play of a video game with the internal impact and social isolation. I drew the teen head and shoulders in pencil and created a separate drawing of the hands and the controller.  Most of the line art to represent video games and porn was done in Photoshop. The zombies I sketched and scanned in. The rest was painted in Photoshop.

2 responses

  1. Hi there my name is Marie. I work for a Dr who delivers Rites of Passage Programs for Men and their sons in Australia. He has just written a book and is giving a TEDx talk soon and we want to know if we can use this image during his talk? Please reply as soon as you can as we are short of time. Thanks so much hey.

    April 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    • Marie: Sorry I’m away at a conference and was slow to see the post and respond. So long as it is only for a slide/powerpoint presentation and so long as you include the credit “Chuck Todd / Bay Area News Group” I think that use would be OK. Since I did the work for the newspaper they would frown on any other use for the image. I’m curious about the Right of Passage programs and what is “TEDx” Thanks for your interest. Chuck

      April 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

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