When I started to think about what images I should include in this Spark Story, I immediately thought back to the pictures I included for the "war in our environment" story of the different toys/games that I saw at Target, and how they resonate with the militarization of our everyday life. I think one of the most blatant demonstrations of how embedded war and its ideology is in our society is seen through the kinds of toys/games/programs etc. that are occupying the minds of our younger generations and how this influences their likes and dislikes throughout the rest of their lives. My 12 year old brother always comes to mind during these projects. My parents have been hesitant in letting him play any violent (inherently war-like) video games, yet they understand that it is impossible to keep him in a bubble when everyone around him is playing and talking about those very games. As he has gotten older, some exceptions have been made. However, even if video games were excluded, many of his toys that he has had since he was very little are war-like. This past Thanksgiving Break I decided to pay close attention to what my brother played as well as the many toys he has throughout the house. Pictured above are some of Alejandro's Lego toys that he has had for a long time. The Star Wars characters have alway been his favorite, particularly the stormtroopers and their weapons (soldiers with guns).