CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2000 |
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.
November 20, 1999 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1993 |
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.
December 26, 1993 |
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.