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The Evidence Against Media Violence

Another response to The Evidence Against Media Violence:

>> First of all, I think you need to get your facts straight. I am writing a paper on how I believe that cartoon violence DOES not affect kids. <<

I have the facts straight. I have a whole long page of them straight at The Evidence Against Media Violence. If you can address even a fraction of these facts in your paper, I'll have to congratulate you.

>> I hate how something terrible goes wrong and people want to blame everything but that person or even us! Did you ever think that maybe that person did not have all the lights on upstairs so to speak? You shouldn't judge EVERYTHING on one person who has loose wires in their brains. <<

We have enough murders and other crimes in the US that you can't blame them all on screwlooses. How do you explain the fact that our crime rates are much higher than those of other Western industrialized countries? Are Americans prone to insanity? Or what, exactly? Be sure to address that in your paper.

See Teenage Violence...Solved! (More or Less) for a balanced assessment of the factors putting children at risk. I've never said media violence was the only or primary cause. I'm guessing I've already considered everything you think I need to consider.

>> I am a big fan of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and it has been bashed consistently by people like you and let me just tell you that there are a lot of people like me who grew up with it and still WATCH it and there is nothing wrong with us. <<

Did I bash them? I thought I quoted a report in which a researcher found anecdotal evidence against the Turtles. Ah, here it is again. From The Evidence Against Media Violence:

As a member of The Children's Broadcast Institute, Toronto child psychiatrist Dr. Arlette Lefebrve was actively crusading against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (a show which was eventually taken off the air; but not necessarily due to violent content). She found following examples of the impact the show had on younger viewers: "A six-year-old boy wearing a turtle costume stabbed a friend in the arm for not returning a borrowed toy; A three-year-old boy picked up the family cat and swung it around his head like a Turtle hero wielding a weapon. When his mother tried to intervene, the boy said "It's just like Michelangelo". (Miller, 59-60)

>> You shouldn't look at the bad side of everything. The Turtles had many morals to follow. So get it right! I think you should think more closely before you judge everything that is popular! <<

Most American heroes have "morals" to follow. These morals often amount to little more than "might makes right." As we saw in old Westerns, where John Wayne shot the "evil" Indians. As we're seeing in Iraq, where "President" Bush wants to start a war to prevent a war.

>> Thanks for ruining my childhood, but i guess you really don't care. <<

I care. I suggest you avoid reading anything else on my site, since I often puncture the conventional wisdom. That's probably the best way to preserve your remaining childhood beliefs.

Rob Schmidt

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