Define violence in the media: ColumnTom Grimes 6:41 p.m. EST January 20, 2013Broad interpretations have weakened research intopossible link between TV, movies and video games andgun assaults.(Photo: Spencer Platt, Getty Images)Story Highlights•School shootings places focus on violent movies, TV shows and video games.•But findings from research have been mixed.•These problems of broad definitions are seen in other areas of research.
Violent movies, television shows and video games are common targets after senseless shootings. So itshould not be surprising that among President Obama's list of recommendations to deal with gun violence,he wants tolift a congressional banagainst researching a relationship between"video games, media imagesand violence"by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adam Lanza, the school shooter inNewtown, Conn., reportedly played violent video games such asCall of Duty.If the CDC is to proceed, it will have to take into account the single biggest weakness of previous research:the absence of an agreed upon definition of "media violence" and "behavioral aggression." There is no