Taking a break from posting pictures of Akane looking moe because I have a new candidate for that position. That girl in the back with blonde curly hair. Who is she? She looks cool, I want an anime about her. I bet her name is ‘Moe’, so in the office they could only refer to her as ‘She Who Must Not Be Named’.
In August 2011, police shot and killed a 29 year old man in London called Mark Duggan. This caused a small riot against the police in London. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, this spiralled into widespread rioting and looting across major cities in England. Its reasoning left many people utterly baffled, since clearly it had little to do with the killing of Mark Duggan anymore. It wasn’t overtly politically fuelled either. You could blame it on poverty, but when the riots were co-ordinated using Blackberries, that’s a bit hard to swallow. It wasn’t race-fuelled, as the rioters were a fairly mixed race bunch. The way the rioters answered explained their reasoning in police investigation interviews seemed to be mostly along the lines of “I heard there was going to be rioting, so I went along to get a new TV”.
I’m using the London riots as an example because they’re the ones I know, having lived in the country as it was happening. But I gather this is a pretty common reason why looting begins in the first place. What is considered to be socially acceptable boundaries to behaviour are suddenly turned off because the populace decides that to be the case. There’s a spark, such as the shooting of a local, or even something as dumb as a hockey game. But what happens is what’s considered morally acceptable is broken and people just go nuts. It’s a pretty common thing in warzones too.
In Psycho Pass, this moral line is an actual thing preventing them from doing these actions. The idea that there’s an actual mental moral barrier has been replaced with Sibyl telling them what’s moral and what’s not. The know what actions will raise their hue and therefore shouldn’t do (which is another reason why the scene from the last episode was so dumb, because people know that thing shouldn’t be done). When Sibyl is no longer telling them what is right and wrong, there is no more morality. Morality is a weird thing anyway, since what is considered immoral and not is arbitrary, which we only learn through social constructs. I particularly liked the scene where the one dude said it was totally OK to beat this man to death because it was in self-defence, same way it’s totally OK to shoot a person in your garden because he’s a trespasser and you’re therefore just protecting yourself.
Which explains why everyone just dropped everything when the police wandered in. I thought the scene was a bit strange at first, but it turns out the police still have enough authority that when they throw grenades at you and say “yo bitches calm the fuck down”, they do so. It’s a little different to how riots and looting work in the real world, but that’s because the real world breakdown in social boundaries is specifically because they’ve decided to ignore police. I loved that the scrolling nico-esque comments had people panic and try to get weapons of their own. It was rather reminiscent of the very American mentality of checking where your gun is when there’s a disaster and you’re expecting a breakdown in that moral code.
The episode did make me wonder why they didn’t bring the army in? OK, the police chief did say that they were still planning counter-measures, but do they really not have a backup plan should Sibyl collapse? I suppose they’re faith in Sibyl is so wilfully blind that any counter measure probably amounts to no more than getting Sibyl running again. The idea that Sibyl would be rendered useless was something they consciously decided not to plan for. Plus, being in the army probably isn’t the best occupation for your hue, and the world has become demilitarised. All military hardware had to be transported onto giant carriers and sent out to sea and all military activities amount to little more than harmless hobbyists. Yes, I am saying that Psycho Pass takes place in the same world as Girls und Panzer.