RE: media violence report in Science

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    >Subject: RE: media violence report in Science
    >Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2002 18:20:23 -0400
    >Hello, Wade,
    >What do you make of the article Ray posted? It suggests that watching
    >violence on TV DOES lead to a greater propensity for violent behavior in
    >I am not suggesting that a person isn't responsible for what they do,
    >regardless of how much or what kind of TV they have watched. But I would
    >be surprised if by watching violence a person does not accustom himself to
    >the patterns he observes.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > On Saturday, April 13, 2002, at 03:48 , Lawrence DeBivort wrote:
    > >
    > > > It makes me wonder what impact living amidst inescapable real daily
    > > > violence
    > > > has on Palestinians and Israelis. Thoughts, anyone?
    > >
    > > Media violence has always been a red herring of the politically useless
    > > liberal set and the intellectually challenged social science set and
    > > always will be.
    > >
    > > The people living amidst violence smell real blood and see real bullets.
    > > They answer in kind, or they answer in flight, or they answer in fear,
    > > because they are human and they feel.
    > >
    > > There is no preparation for violent motive or action from media images
    > > and never has been, nor has there ever been any needed for man to kill
    > > his neighbor or his kin or his enemy.
    > >
    > > Pushing off the relentless capacity for evil upon an image is sheer
    > > idiocy.
    > >
    > > - Wade
    > >
    What I fear is that it teaches children and young adults the lesson that
    violence is the proper reaction to certain kinds of behavior and a solution
    to certain kinds of problems. I had to help my son unlearn the lessons he
    was learning from watching kung fu movies. I found him trying to justify
    his actions against his sisters on the basis of a need for revenge. His
    idol was Bruce Lee. He was taken aback when I pointed out to him that in
    all those movies where the hero went through untold hardship and suffering
    before he extracted revenge, the hero's family and friends were all killed
    or mutilated. And I asked him how revenge helped any of them. It was the
    lesson the movie makers failed to make clear.


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