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

From: Lynne
Sent on: Friday, April 12, 2013 5:16 PM
Caleob,

I think at least some cause-effect relationships are more of the indirect, fuzzy kind. For example, even people who study the link between violence and violent entertainment will concede that someone who has aggressive tendencies to begin with probably shouldn't spend 6 hours a day playing Call of Duty or whatever.  And of course I'm all for the idea that in the case of a minor, it's the parents (not government) who should take responsibility for placing limits. I also think it would be nice to have more options so we don't become the sort of culture in which peaceful entertainment is not available because producers mistakenly think there is no market for it.  I have to admit I'm a little hypocritical, though, since some of my favorite shows are kinda gory (like Criminal Minds).--Lynne


On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM, Caleob King <[address removed]> wrote:
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"
http://browse.deviantart.com/art/Violence-in-Entertainment-How-MLP-Saves-The-World-364724156




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--Lynne
Americans United for Separation of Church & State,
Greater Kansas City Chapter
http://www.aukc.org
Help victims of religious violence: Earthward http://earthward.org




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