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Tempering Real-Life Violence with Media Violence?

Posted Apr 09 2009 7:14pm

A recent NY Times article explored a study which concluded that because violent movies attract violent people and keep them contained in movie theaters, there are 1,000 less violent crimes every week.

On the one hand, this seems like a time displacement argument  with a very narrow focus -- akin to saying that there are less people playing football in the park during the time that the Superbowl is on.  ( see submitted Letter to the Editor )

On the other hand, one could consider that keeping youth off the streets (whether through entertainment or after-school activities) is a valid way to keep crime down.  Though of course this brings up the question of whether the content of that entertainment matters in the short- or long-term. 

Here's the full text of the study -- what do YOU think?  Respond by clicking on the Comments link below. 


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