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    On Friday, January 11, 2002, at 12:15 , Paul Marsden wrote:

    > But on the balance of imprecise
    > evidence available - media contagion is the best explanation I
    > have come
    > accross for unexpected rises in events following mediate
    > exposure to similar
    > events.

    The exposure itself is all that is necessary. We have increased
    the access to exposures of all sorts with our plethora of media.

    And while it is complex, IMHO Vincent is correct when he
    concludes that experiments showing disinhibition due to media is
    bogus research.

    The real culprit is _why_ we are exposed to what we are exposed to.

    The media, of whatever stripe, including storytelling in tribal
    circles, pictograms in language and art, artifacts and
    ceremonial rituals, newspapers, TV, radio, streaming video on
    the internet, are all tools. And, no tool by itself is to blame
    for anything.

    - Wade

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