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  •  And we need to thing about violent video games. (5+ / 0-)

    Are they that important that we couldn't live without them?

    Connecticut shooter had a period in his life when he was obsessed with them apparently.

    Glad it's on the table for discussion:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/...

    •  That may have been the most normal thing about him (4+ / 0-)
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      Debby, bkamr, athenap, Mudderway

      Teens, particularly teen males, like shoot-'em-up-blow-'em-up games and movies. It's a universal phenomenon. And nearly all of them grow out of it sooner or later.

      Let's not repeat the mistakes made by Dr Fredric Wertham in the 1940's and early 50's, demonizing a whole subset of available entertainment because a subset of the readers had emotional problems. (Delinquent teen boys read comics? Almost ALL teen boys read comics, delinquent or not!) If we're going to do studies on this, let's do it RIGHT, by analyzing ALL the data and controlling (or accounting) for as many variables as possible. And never, EVER start with a preconceived conclusion - you WILL find evidence to "support" it.

      If someone wants to have a violent video game, they'll do it - even if all they have to work with is The Sims. (Some of the ways people came up with to kill off their little Simmies would absolutely curl your hair!)

      If it's
      Not your body,
      Then it's
      Not your choice
      And it's
      None of your damn business!

      by TheOtherMaven on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:09:16 PM PST

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      •  The problem is some of them have no other positive (0+ / 0-)

        outlets and get obsessed and end up shooting up classrooms full of first-graders.

        Are video games featuring blowing up folks with assault rifles all that important to folks?

    •  I am strongly against censoring (0+ / 0-)

      entertainment, especially if the evidence is so lacking.

      "We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn

      by Mudderway on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 02:25:33 PM PST

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      •  And some people are strongly opposed to banning (0+ / 0-)

        assault weapons.

        Can't we come up with better entertainment than video games featuring blowing up folks with assault rifles?

        •  Why should we have to if the (0+ / 0-)

          evidence isn't there that it has an impact? If studies didn't show that the gun culture and easy access to guns had anything to do with these shootings i wouldn't want to ban the guns. But the correlation is clear with guns, while not at all clear with video games. So banning those would just take away something people enjoy for no other reason than that some people find it morally problematic, and usually liberals tend to not want to do that kind of thing, thats more the Conservative Modus Operandi.

          "We judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their actions. It is a great convenience." -- Howard Zinn

          by Mudderway on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 10:20:20 PM PST

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