Regardless of your age, you've probably seen thousands (if not millions) of simulated deaths at this point in your life. Blood-soaked swords, foul-mouthed marines, and fiery explosions are all icons which you can immediately identify. The average American wouldn't bat an eyelash at the death of a soldier in Bad Company 2 or the explosion which accompanies a C4 detonation in Modern Warfare 2. You may choose to call it "desensitization," but Bitmob thinks of it as a social paradigm shift. People have simply come to accept murder as a normative aspect of media culture.
But what about rape?