Received: by alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk id UAA20788 (8.6.9/5.3[ref firstname.lastname@example.org] for cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk from email@example.com); Wed, 17 Apr 2002 20:10:54 +0100 X-Originating-IP: [184.108.40.206] User-Agent: Microsoft-Entourage/9.0.2509 Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 20:02:24 +0100 Subject: RE: media violence From: Steve Drew <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Message-ID: <B8E379B8.E7firstname.lastname@example.org> In-Reply-To: <200204170539.GAA19176@alpheratz.cpm.aca.mmu.ac.uk> Content-type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-transfer-encoding: 7bit X-OriginalArrivalTime: 17 Apr 2002 19:04:42.0885 (UTC) FILETIME=[BB5E8B50:01C1E642] Sender: email@example.com Precedence: bulk Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 18:40:03 -0400
> From: "Scott Chase" <email@example.com>
> Subject: RE: media violence
> My dispute isn't necessarily with whether media can have adverse effects of
> people's behavior, but if so, *what* should be done about it. If media
> violence can lead to actual individual acts of violence does this mean that
> legislation needs to be adopted to rid ourselves of the dangers of media
> violence? I say no. I'm not against rating motion pictures and having
> certain TV shows (like "South Park") aired at times when chances are lowered
> that children will see these types of entertainment. I'm OK with reasonable
> standards. I draw the line somewhere and I'm afraid of the "thought police"
> running rampant and using published studies as a bully pulpit for
> unprecedented legislation impacting the media. I wasn't a big fan of the
> PMRC (Tipper Gore et al) campaign and I was a bit concerned about some of
> the rhetoric coming from the types who are coming after the media, whether
> they be religious conservatives or neo-liberals. I thought the whole 2Live
> Crew debacle a total circus at the time, which ended up acomplishing little
> more than free publicity for Luther Campbell.
> Movies could have deleterious impacts on individuals. Wasn't it the "Taxi
> Driver" that led *inadvertantly* to Reagan getting an assassination attempt
> made upon him? People can get carried away with movies. I like the
> "Terminator" flix, but hope nobody takes them too seriously and develops a
> Sarah or John Connor complex, thinking they've gotta save the world from
> computers before they become self-aware.
> Even sans violence or other bad impacts like that, I've known people who
> have gotten way too wrapped up on big movies like "Star Wars" back when I
> was a kid. Nothing worse than having lunch boxes, T-shirts, action figures
> and all the assorted items associated with the movie and watching it more
> than a dozen times before it finished its first run in the theaters. I've
> known folks that have gotten way into "Star Trek" too. I wonder if anyone
> has tried to pass off Klingon as knowing a second language ;-)
> I do take some offense to the obligatory hybridization of blockbuster films
> and fast food merchandising, but that's just my pet peeve.
I can agree with this.
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