The Role of Media Violence in Violent Crime Has Been Exaggerated

The Role of Media Violence in Violent Crime Has Been Exaggerated

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The Role of Media Violence in Violent Crime Has Been Exaggerated Crime and Criminals, 2004 listen - The Role of Media Violence in Violent Crime Has Been Exaggerated "Whodunit—the Media? It's Easy to Blame Cartoons for Gun-Toting Kids, but the Truth Isn't So Tidy," Nation, vol. 272, March 26, 2001, p. 18. Copyright © 2001 by The Nation Company, L.P. Reproduced by permission. Maggie Cutler argues in the following viewpoint that, despite thousands of studies on the effects of media violence, the research has produced no clear answers. The author maintains that it is almost impossible to separate media violence from all the other factors that can influence violent behavior. One point that most researchers agree on, Cutler notes, is that real-life experiences are far more important than media violence in determining whether children commit violence. She concludes that leaders concerned about youth violence should focus on the real violence occurring in America and around the world rather than on movies, television, and video games. Cutler is the author of a biweekly column entitled "The Secret Life of Kitty Lyons," which satirizes the confusion between politics, media, and sex in American culture. As you read, consider the following questions: Use the Opposing Viewpoints Research Center to find articles about recent laws preventing minors from having access to violent video games. Write a short essay. First, explain the proposed laws. Then, take a position on these laws. Do you think they are necessary? Do you think that they will actually prevent minors from playing violent video games? Explain your position, using clear logic and facts from your research.
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1.In addition to media violence, what factors does the American Psychology Association say are risk factors for youth violence, according to Cutler? 2.In the author's view, what was the main finding of the Stanford study headed by researcher Thomas Robinson? 3.What is the "rule of the real," as defined by the author? Will girls imitate the new, kickass heroines in the Japanese anime Cardcaptors? Will the impressionable 12-year-olds exposed to trailers for MGM's Disturbing Behavior forever after associate good teen behavior with lobotomies? Did Nine Inch Nails and the video game Doom inspire the Trenchcoat Mafia's bloodbath at Columbine?1 Thousands of studies have been done to try to answer variants of the question: Does media violence lead to real-life violence, making children more antisocial and aggressive? Inconclusive Research Like most complex issues, discussions about the impact of media violence on children suffer from that commonest of media problems: fudge. Almost any simple statement on the subject obscures the complexity of the facts, half-facts and "results suggest" findings of the past forty years. The right-wing Parents Television Council, for example, announces that the per-hour rate in the United States of sexual and violent material and coarse language combined almost tripled from 1989 to 1999. But while PTC
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