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Tweet When two young gunmen, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, killed 13 students and a teacher, and injured 21 before killing themselves inan ongoing, fiery debate about the media's influence was once again ignited. The Columbine High School massacre and extensive coverage of the event by news programs, documentaries, books and blogs appeared to side with those who believe that violence depicted graphically in movies and video games causes, contributes to, and influences violent behavior and even murder.
Both Harris and Media violence played violent "murder-simulation" video games, and were fans of the controversial movie "Natural Born Killers" about a husband and wife pair of mass murderers who received intense media coverage.
News reports said that the boys watched this movie many times and knew the dialogue verbatim. Making the Connection from Media to Real Life Proving, however, that a causative link exists between media violence and murder is problematic if not impossible, according to Stuart Fischoff, emeritus professor Media violence media psychology at California State University in Los Angeles, and senior editor of the Journal of Media Psychology.
Research in this area is often flawed, Fischoff said. Many researchers start a study with a particular opinion or point of view, and then ignore data that contradicts that point of view.
He said another problem is generalizing what researchers observe in laboratories to real-world behavior. Research has shown that violent images create an "arousal effect" where some people are more prone to aggressive acts after viewing something violent, but they're also likely to eat, walk and talk faster, Fischoff said.
To say that the movie or game or program caused a murder, however, is a stretch. But that doesn't mean that the mass media are completely innocuous. Once you have a school massacre, it's likely to become a stimulus for other high school massacres, or so-called "copy cat" crimes.
So it's imperative that the media know how to inform the public without exacerbating or teaching other kids how to go out and copy this type of tragedy, Fischoff said. Fischoff added that the media have a responsibility to present crimes within a statistical context.
For example, Fischoff was asked by a California news organization to provide psychological commentary about robberies occurring at ATMs. However, the news stories about the robberies were scaring people and keeping them from using the cash machines.
So Fischoff told the news organization that he would comment on the burglaries only if the news story included statistics that compared the number of ATM transactions per day across the city to the number of robberies that were occurring.
As he expected, the number of transactions was extremely large compared to the relatively small number of robberies.
By reporting information that was within a statistical context, the news story he participated in helped dispel hysteria rather than spread it, he said. Bushman and Craig A.
Anderson of Iowa State University are two researchers who have stated that exposure to media violence causes behavioral violence. In a article that appeared in the American Psychologist, Bushman and Anderson said that research shows that only a correlation needs to be shown to demonstrate the negative effects of media, not a causative link.
The article, Media violence and the American public: Scientific fact versus media misinformation, has been cited over times and used as reference material in testimony before the U.
Block, a psychiatrist in private practice and also a researcher interested in technology's effects on individuals, questioned this assertion.
In an online interview appearing on Destructoid. He was shocked by what he found.Aug 25, · There is now consensus that exposure to media violence is linked to actual violent behavior — a link found by many scholars to be on par with the .
The advent of video games raised new questions about the potential impact of media violence, since the video game player is an active participant rather than merely a viewer. A Student’s Guide to Using Social Media Safely – Lesson Plan Copyright© Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, Inc.
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The studies of violence in mass media analyzes the degree of correlation between themes of violence in media sources (particularly violence in video games, television and films) with real-world aggression and violence over time.
After seeing television and video game violence, psychologists are concerned children may be desensitized to the pain and suffering of others, more fearful of the world around them, and more likely to behave in aggressive or harmful ways. CDC’s VetoViolence is a social media community for preventing all types of violence.
Using Facebook and Twitter to Raise Awareness about Violence Prevention As a part of CDC’s Injury Center, the Division of Violence Prevention works to prevent violence and its consequences, which includes.