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            Hi Robin,

            <You might try looking up "social facilitation".>

            There's a difference between observing people directly and observing
    them through media, which the psychology discipline rountinely forgets or
    ignores, so the notion of people seeing acts as more legitimate because
    others are seen to perform them is problematised. You only have to look at
    the complex range of suggested effects of violence in the theoretical
    literature, as witnessed in media, from catharsis to desensitisation, to
    disinhibition (not unlike the social facilitation idea).


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