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Re: [Provocateurs] on media violence (Scott wrote this!)

From: Caleob K.
Sent on: Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:26 AM
Thanks for linking that Lynne. He certainly deserves the A. That article was well researched and persuasively written.

After the NRA president blamed video games recently as a cause of violent behavior, I did a little looking and I am personally unconvinced of the link. Most studies that claim to link the two actually measure unrelated proxies for aggression (like the likelihood a study participant will pop a balloon if given the opportunity). As I understand it, most statistical studies that measure actual incidents of violence see either no correlation or a negative correlation to video game use. It's actually a very difficult problem to study effectively.

A good overview of this can be found at techdirt or a slightly more balanced view from this ny times article.

I think Scott's conclusion stands, however. Monitor the content that goes into your head and you'll be better off.

On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:37 AM, Lynne <[address removed]> wrote:

I want to share with you something my son, Scott, wrote for class that he got an A+ on. His teacher was skeptical that he could write about this topic and get a good grade, but he got 100%.

He also succeeded in making a good argument against violent entertainment and, more importantly, finding a solution that still respects the First Amendment.

It's called "Violence in Entertainment: How MLP (My Little Pony) Saves the World"

Americans United for Separation of Church & State,
Greater Kansas City Chapter
Help victims of religious violence: Earthward

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