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March 15, 2003

Does media violence cause crime? G. Beato of Soundbitten makes an argument that isn’t what you normally associate with that idea. [07:56 AM]
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vachon ::: (view all by) ::: March 15, 2003, 11:41 PM:

Interesting post. I admit to watching The Shield without breathing half the time cos I'm so riveted. Like all good police/crime/spy dramas, it brings up uncomfortable questions. Do I want the cops to 'allow' one drug dealer to operate and pay 'rent' on the space to the dirty cops if it means taking the other 10 dealers off the street? Of course, the correct answer to this issue is to legalize drugs. But until that happens, it makes me think about the alternatives.

Chuck Divine ::: (view all by) ::: March 17, 2003, 04:20 PM:

During the 70s there was "Kojak" -- a blatantly fascist cop show praised by NYC critics for its gritty realism and quality.

Late in the 70s I read an article that actually asked a NYC police captain his opinion of the then current cop hits. He rated "Barney Miller" as the most realistic. And "Kojak"? He pointed out that Kojak would have been arrested by his fellow police before the end of the first episode. So much for the critics' view of reality.

I don't watch much television these days. A few weeks ago I actually caught an episode of CSI. It struck me as another fascist fantasy. Catch a murderer based upon very fragmentary evidence after over a year? Yeah, right.

I'm tired of paranoid fantasies masquerading as gritty realism.

Rachel ::: (view all by) ::: May 05, 2003, 11:53 AM:

nobody has any proof that videogames, movies, magazines and other media forms cause violent behavior. if possible could you please send me some information supporting my topic. thanks for your time.
Rachel Stafford
Brenna Hamski

Rachel ::: (view all by) ::: May 05, 2003, 11:56 AM:

by the way, Rachel Staffords e-mail address is sweet_smile142003@yahoo.com

send all info here please

Rachel ::: (view all by) ::: May 27, 2003, 11:07 AM:

does anyone have any info on violence in the media? i need this because we are doing a debate in school. if you do may you please send me some at:


thank you

Nick Caldwell ::: (view all by) ::: May 27, 2003, 11:57 PM:

CSI is a fascist fantasy? Oh dear. I read on boingboing.net a few months ago that CSI was educating juries to expect a higher level and quality of evidence from prosecutors.

I don't think making spurious prosecution harder is compatible with fascist myth-making.

Brenna ::: (view all by) ::: June 02, 2003, 09:19 PM:

Violence has been a problem since the beginning of the world. even before videogames & media. The first murder(when Caine killed Able)was preformed out of jealousy & hate. The same feelings are here today & are still the main causes of violence. I think that video games do not cause violence- that it is the actually the violence in the real world that give these people their ideas for their games. it must take a pretty insecure person to copy a game that is not real. all it is is a game, a way that people can take out their anger without actually hurting anyone. a video game is a form of entertainment. it would be no fun to play the game if their were not obstacles to overcome & what other ways are there to get past the obstacle beside defeating them in violent sort of way. it would be boring & the games would not sell. i will admit that there are some games that are kind of mature. that is why we have certain ratings for them. it is up to the parents to make sure that their children do not get the adult rated games until they are ready. & that is the main problem with violence-when parents arent involved and aware of their kids lives. if a child is in a bad environment there is a chance they may become agressive. if achild has a problem & there is no one around to help them work it out they will come up with their own way to deal with it & unfortunately, usualy that way is violence. studies have been done on animals that have been in isolation from other creatures have become violent & similar reactions may happen to children with lack of parental involvement & advice. Other things like drugs, alchohol, mental illness, & the avaliabilty of weapons help to cause violence.

If you have anything to add or comment about could you please send them to xmxmxtumble182@yahoo.com -Thanx

Brenna ::: (view all by) ::: June 02, 2003, 09:37 PM:

I just was thinking that if videogames, media , movies etc. were the cause of violence (which they are not) would you take them away. & if you did try to remove violence from the world how far would you go. even in school books there is some violence. in one fifth grade history book it says that a certain king covered people in pitch & lit them as torches. & in another seventh greade book it says they cut off people's heads & paraded them around on sticks. That is definitly a violent thought & could cause violence just as much as a game or movie could. Does that mean we take away the history books too. im sure the kids wouldnt mind but it is a part of school & part of what children today are requored to learn. even something like the cival war is violent but it is more importantly a big part of the history of our country. Maybe not all exposure to violence is bad. if kids knew nothing about violence they would have no idea what took out for when they go into the world as an adult without protection.

thanks for reading this if you have anything to say send it to the address i left in what i wrote above.

Tracy ::: (view all by) ::: September 07, 2003, 11:03 AM:

Hey, Im doing a project trying to prove that violent media does not create violent children, any one with relevant info, please email me at tracejade@comcast.net.


Nicole ::: (view all by) ::: November 18, 2003, 12:36 AM:

Hey, I'm doing a paper on how media DOES cause crime if anyone can help please email me @ Nicole972@hotmail.com Thanks

Jasmin ::: (view all by) ::: December 15, 2003, 02:57 PM:

Hi, I'm writing a speech over whether or not media causes violence in kids and teens. I personally don't think that it does. It's the only thing parents have to blame for their kids problems and outbursts. I think if the parents would have better interaction with their kid, that would cut down on alot of the problem.