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Old 11-29-2010, 12:51 AM   #1
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Does violent media effect children?

Simple question, really. Does playing Mortal Kombat as a child make one into a ruthless murderer?

Just thought I'd make this as it came up in another thread that has gone way off topic.
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Violence influences children.
To what degree depends on where they're getting their influence from.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:57 AM   #3
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I think it depends on the individual.
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Your title and post pose two different questions. Does media (music, video games, television) in general effect kids? Absolutely. You'd have to be naive and stupid to think to the contrary. Will playing Mortal Kombat make someone a killer? Maybe, but correlation does not imply causation. If someone committed a murder, and said their favorite video game was Mortal Kombat, does that mean it's Mortal Kombat's fault? Unless you're Jack Thompson, the answer is no. It works both ways.

If an painter cites Michelangelo as an influence, does that mean the artist paints every single picture like Michelangelo? Simply put, video games do not cause violence. They can influence it, but so does music and television. People and media outlets use video games as a scapegoat because they can't admit they actually did something wrong. There are a lot of things wrong with Western society: gangster rap, child beauty, narcissism, etc. Violent video games should be the least of those worries.
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Your title and post pose two different questions. Does media (music, video games, television) in general effect kids? Absolutely. You'd have to be naive and stupid to think to the contrary. Will playing Mortal Kombat make someone a killer? Maybe, but correlation does not imply causation. If someone committed a murder, and said their favorite video game was Mortal Kombat, does that mean it's Mortal Kombat's fault? Unless you're Jack Thompson, the answer is no. It works both ways.

If an painter cites Michelangelo as an influence, does that mean the artist paints every single picture like Michelangelo? Simply put, video games do not cause violence. They can influence it, but so does music and television. People and media outlets use video games as a scapegoat because they can't admit they actually did something wrong. There are a lot of things wrong with Western society: gangster rap, child beauty, narcissism, etc. Violent video games should be the least of those worries.
As I stated in the other thread, I simply think that violent children are attracted to violent content.
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As I stated in the other thread, I simply think that violent children are attracted to violent content.
Violence atracts everyone, violent people or Non-violent people.
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Violence atracts everyone, violent people or Non-violent people.
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