RE: media violence

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Date: Wed Apr 17 2002 - 22:58:56 BST

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    >From: Steve Drew <>
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    >Subject: RE: media violence
    >Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 20:02:24 +0100
    >Hi Scott
    > > Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2002 18:40:03 -0400
    > > From: "Scott Chase" <>
    > > Subject: RE: media violence
    > >
    > > My dispute isn't necessarily with whether media can have adverse effects
    > > 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
    > > 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
    > > that children will see these types of entertainment. I'm OK with
    > > standards. I draw the line somewhere and I'm afraid of the "thought
    > > 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
    > > the rhetoric coming from the types who are coming after the media,
    > > they be religious conservatives or neo-liberals. I thought the whole
    > > Crew debacle a total circus at the time, which ended up acomplishing
    > > more than free publicity for Luther Campbell.
    > >
    > > Movies could have deleterious impacts on individuals. Wasn't it the
    > > Driver" that led *inadvertantly* to Reagan getting an assassination
    > > made upon him? People can get carried away with movies. I like the
    > > "Terminator" flix, but hope nobody takes them too seriously and develops
    > > 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
    > > was a kid. Nothing worse than having lunch boxes, T-shirts, action
    > > and all the assorted items associated with the movie and watching it
    > > than a dozen times before it finished its first run in the theaters.
    > > known folks that have gotten way into "Star Trek" too. I wonder if
    > > has tried to pass off Klingon as knowing a second language ;-)
    > >
    > > I do take some offense to the obligatory hybridization of blockbuster
    > > and fast food merchandising, but that's just my pet peeve.
    >I can agree with this.
    I guess it comes down to which ox is being gored. After seeing first hand
    the impact of cigarette smoking I'm kinda for a lot of the recent battling
    against the tobacco industry. Russell Crowe's _The Insider_ was a film I
    could relate to and the ad campaigns I've seen that portray smoking in a not
    so glamorous light are good (but are they working?). I've heard grubmblings
    that make me get the impression that the fast food industry might be a new
    target. I'm sort of mixed on this front. I've partaken of the greasy burger
    in the past (though I've managed a year sans red meat so I'm kinda proud of
    myself). I guess there's a point to be made about obesity and the typical
    US-ian diet (even beyond fast-food). Those Jared ads by Subway are sort of a
    step in the right direction IMO, away from the greasy-burger charbroil
    stuff. To digress even further, I've switched to soy milk, which is really
    good after the initial shock to the palate.

    Compared to smoking and diet issues, media violence doesn't seem as pressing
    an issue.

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