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About effing time. I don't have a lot to add to this article at the HuffPo. Rep. Pelosi was on FOX this weekend and brought the hammer down on Chris Wallace and the load of NRA talking points he was spewing.

"As part of your plan, you call for more scientific research on the connection between popular culture and violence. We don't need another study, respectfully," said Wallace. "I mean, we know that these video games, where people have their heads splattered, these movies, these TV shows -- why don't you go to your friends in Hollywood and challenge them? Shame them, and say, 'Knock it off?'"

Pelosi responded that Democrats wanted concrete scientific evidence in order to write the best legislation possible, and countered that Wallace's assumption about violence in the media could be incorrect.

"I understand what you are saying," Pelosi said. "I'm a mother, I'm a grandmother. But, they -- not Hollywood, but the evidence -- says that, in Japan, for example, they have the most violent games and the lowest death -- mortality -- from guns. I don't know what the explanation is for that except they may have good gun laws."

Originally posted to ontheleftcoast on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:09 AM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    What's wrong with America? I'll tell you. Everything Romney said was pre-chewed wads of cud from Republicans from the last 30 years and yet he managed thru a combination of racism and selling the (false) hope of riches to get 47% of the national vote.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 10:09:31 AM PST

  •  I really respect Pelosi for this move. (9+ / 0-)

    Talk about someone who has the ability to think outside their own world.

    She probably doesn't know anything about gaming culture, or the dividing line between "real gamers" and "people who happen to play video games."

    But she tries to look at actual facts and consider something other than her own opinion. Looking at things like facts, for instance, something politicians often refuse to do while instead pander for cheap political points or as a misdirect.

    Luke Russert was wrong. While a lot of older people can't think outside their own generations or experiences, cultural essentially freeze-framing to wherever they were in their 20's and 30's, all evidence seems that Pelosi is one of those intelligent, aware people who can view outside that prism.

    People like her hopefully never will retire from politics. For all our sake. Not that she's infallible, she's human, but she clearly A) cares and B) thinks.

    That said, the old goats who still think its 1952 can retire. As of yesterday. Please. Now.

  •  About danged time (4+ / 0-)

    I've been so tired of hearing talking heads place the blame on video games, especially when, as Pelosi points out, many of these games are available in other countries that don't have nearly the same levels of gun violence.  

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    by Avilyn on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 11:15:45 AM PST

  •  Good on her (2+ / 0-)
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    American culture has a dangerous relationship with violence, but violent videogames are a symptom at worst.

    It is especially rich, though, for commentators who push violence as a solution to all our ills (especially violence!) to point the finger at a whole art form... many examples of which are less violent than their own programs.

  •  bout time there's been public pushback (3+ / 0-)

    even the left has this problem in some circles. violent video games do not cause violence. nor does the Army's video game increase recruitement rates, as a related aside.

  •  I am a pacifist and love violent (1+ / 0-)
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    video games because they are NOT living beings. Now where is my Dead Space 3 icon! :)

    "We need a revolution away from the plutocracy that runs Government."

    by hangingchad on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 02:51:16 PM PST

  •  Violence in cartoons, movies, television, etc (0+ / 0-)

    has been around far longer than the current violent trend in our culture.  If there is any sort of correlation at all, it isn't the fact that it is violence, but rather a conveyance of the attitudes towards it coupled with a sense of right and wrong.

    It is difficult to state specifics, but overall I have the sense that something changed about 30 years ago.  As an example of what I mean, I think back to the cartoons that were on at the time.  Take for example, Johnny Quest, where at the end of the episode they may have killed the bad guy.  It was dealt with as an unfortunate thing, but that it was the price of the choice the bad guy made.  This type of reasoning gave way to a different mindset, where for example in the GI Joe series, the bad guy's plane may get shot down, but he always escapes alive.  

    Even in the example above, I think the cartoons only depict an underlying cultural shift and that it is this shift that is the real cause.

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