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<Claiming there is a correlation between the amount of violence on
TV and the
> amount of violence in society is not a claim of a direct cause and
You're right, it shouldn't be, but that is persistently the claim
that is made.
<I don't believe they are saying that anyone seeing violence will
> violence. What they are saying, IMO, is that an increase in one leads to
> increase in the other.>
Which is a causal inference- increased viewing of TV violence leads
to increased violent behaviour. They got self reported data from a long
period of time, so one fo their more contentious claims is that exposure
over time makes kids grow up to be more violent adults. They make their
claims to causal links quite clear.
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