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June 11, 1999 | PETER NAVARRO, Peter Navarro is an associate professor of economics and public policy at the Graduate School of Management, UC Irvine. E-mail:
Movie and TV violence begets violence in our real world just as surely as our nation's politicians will make toothless proposals to attack such violence after every teenage massacre. President Clinton has now added his voice to the post-Littleton cacophony, and his words were as empty as they were insincere. Here's a way to really get serious about the problem without relying on either unconstitutional Draconian censorship or toothless Panglossian calls for voluntary restraint.
February 15, 2013 | By Scott Collins
To any viewer who thinks "Sons of Anarchy" is too violent, consider the bright side: At least the castration scene got … um … deleted. Kurt Sutter, creator of the drama about a California motorcycle gang, presented the idea of showing a character getting the unkindest cut early in the run of the show, now FX's highest-rated. But he backed off after the network's chief objected. "I have no filters," Sutter said with a laugh. "I just assume everyone feels the way I do about things.
November 6, 2000 | DALE KUNKEL, Dale Kunkel is professor of communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a senior researcher on the National Television Violence Study, one of the largest scientific projects examining media violence, and currently serves on the research board of the National Institutes of Health
In a recent column ("More Experts Than Facts on Kids, Media Violence," Oct. 24), Brian Lowry asserts there is a gap between what we know and what we think we know regarding the effects of media violence. What we think, according to Lowry, is that television violence poses a risk of harm for children. He certainly has that right. Numerous public opinion polls confirm that more than three out of four Americans believe that television violence contributes to real world violence and aggression.
December 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The new president of the National League of Cities says he'll try to focus national attention on the effect of media violence on children. Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, who was elected at the group's national convention in Reno, said a growing body of research showed a link between aggressive behavior and exposure to violence in video games, television shows, movies and songs. The league's annual convention drew more than 5,000 mayors and other city officials.
June 16, 1997 | JAMES READ, James Read is an actor and screenwriter. He is an active member of the Center for Media Literacy in Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization that develops resources for teaching about the impact of media in our lives
As a parent of two small children who is concerned about the impact of film and television violence, I was glad to read that John Malkovich also worries about the effects of movie mayhem on young minds ("But What He Really Wants to Do Is . . . Produce," Calendar, June 4).
September 11, 2000 | Shawn Hubler
This morning, the Federal Trade Commission releases its report on the many ways the entertainment industry markets violence to kids. The locals are bracing for a butt kicking, as the 8-year-olds learned to say somewhere. Say what you will about Eminem, that gangsta bit has paid for many a Porsche 911 Turbo in this town if you know what I mean, and I think you do, neighbor. And by the way, that stabbing last week at the "Battledome" taping? Could've happened anywhere.
After months of bluster about Hollywood's coarsening of the culture, Congress adjourned Friday without producing a single bill concerning entertainment violence--a testament to the power of the industry's lobby, government gridlock and the complexity of a problem that may be beyond the reach of legislation. But even while every congressional attempt to regulate music, movie and video game content met with fierce resistance, some believe a defiant industry got at least part of the message.
November 13, 2000
Dale Kunkel concludes in his Counterpunch article ("Evidence on Media Violence Still Stands," Nov. 6) that "statistical probabilities show us that children who view a lot of violence are more prone to physical aggression than those who don't. That's what we know, not just what we think." Kunkel fails to point out a maxim of statistics science: Correlation does not imply causation. It is just as likely, as far as studies show, that children prone to aggression prefer to view a lot of violence, rather than that viewing the violence causes their aggression.
October 24, 2000 | BRIAN LOWRY
It's nice to be reminded, occasionally, that when it comes to science--and especially social science--there is often a gap between what we truly know and what we think we know. Not that you normally hear such dispassionate analysis in the media, where George Orwell's memory hole is alive and well.
August 23, 1993 | Compiled for The Times by Danielle Masterson
BARNABY GO Senior, 17, North Hollywood High School, Highly Gifted Magnet The media are too violent. Every night you hear about murders. One time I was listening to the radio and the announcer said, "Oh, it was quiet in L.A. There were only seven people killed this weekend." The terrible reality is that people perversely like violence. If shows were happy and safe, people probably wouldn't watch them. I thought "Sleepless in Seattle" was a wonderful movie.
May 30, 2005 | Jube Shiver Jr., Times Staff Writer
Radio and television station owners, already grappling with a government crackdown on sex and profanity, expect to face new scrutiny soon over excessive violence in programming. Broadcasters are bracing this year for a Federal Communications Commission report on media violence ordered by Congress that some fear will be used to push for new restraints on violent programming.
The ancient World War II weapons take a little getting used to, and Kurt Chiles, 17, fumbles with the German rifle, even if it's just a rifle in a video game. It's not the heavy futuristic weaponry the Venice High School senior usually hauls through digital dungeons, hunting demons, in his favorite game, Quake III.
February 7, 2001
Thank you, Karen Sternheimer, for "Blaming Television and Movies Is Easy and Wrong" (Opinion, Feb. 4). Comparatively, and certainly in this country, our time is one of the safest ever. At least violence is not sanctioned for the masses by dictators, royalty and the church. Can we do better? Of course. The media consistently fail to put reports of violence and crime into perspective. We used to underreport crime and now overreport even the most trivial crimes. As for movies and TV, just because they are there doesn't mean you have to watch them.
February 4, 2001 | KAREN STERNHEIMER, Karen Sternheimer teaches in the sociology department at USC and is research consultant to the Center for Media Literacy. She is working on a book about media and children
Conclusions in the recent surgeon general's report linking violence with the media are dangerously misleading. It is only fitting in the electronic age that we continually turn to popular culture to explain our social problems. But we need to question why public discussion keeps blaming the media for violence.
A report released Wednesday by Surgeon General David Satcher showing a scientific link between graphically violent television programming and increased aggression in children provoked applause from parent groups and lawmakers seeking to curb the use of violence in entertainment.
The U.S. surgeon general is poised to declare graphically violent television programming and video games harmful to children, marking a potential watershed in the debate over government regulation of entertainment.
December 26, 1993 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, Robert W. Welkos is a Times staff writer
It was another year of living dangerously. Turn on television in 1993 and there was proof galore that America seemed awash in violence. Terrorists tried to blow up the world's tallest building. A gunman blasted commuters inside a railway car. A 12-year-old girl was abducted from a slumber party and strangled. Followers of a fiery preacher met a fiery end. And that Reginald Denny tape repeated over and over and over. And that was only the fare served up on the evening news. Film at 11.
The killing of two workers at the Design-It store was just the latest in a series of workplace-related shootings in the Southland in recent years. Experts say the phenomenon reflects the increased violence in society in general. The easy availability of guns, economic hard times and violence in the media can contribute to ignite an already vulnerable person, they said.
December 4, 2000
In his Counterpunch of Nov. 6 ("Evidence on Media Violence Still Stands"), Dale Kunkel writes critically about my recent review of the research on the effect of media violence on aggression. He describes the review as a rehash of old arguments and makes a number of other negative comments. Kunkel is incorrect in almost every statement he makes. This is not surprising. My review has not been generally available, and it is therefore very likely that Kunkel has not read it. If he has written about it without reading it, that is inexcusable; if he has actually read it and distorted it so completely, that is reprehensible.
November 20, 2000
Re Brian Lowry's article on media violence studies, the Counterpunch article by Dale Kunkel it inspired, and letters in response to that last Monday: I continue to be surprised at the refusal of all commentators on this issue over the last year and a half to take a historical view that predates the '90s. The fact is that before 1970, children and adolescents were subjected to just as many images of media violence--often quite violent, especially during World War II--as over the last decade.
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