Friday, January 11, 2013

Science Aside...

Hilarious quote from NYTimes:

"Studies on the impact of gaming violence offer conflicting evidence. But science aside, public rhetoric has clearly shifted since the shootings, with politicians and even the National Rifle Association — normally a fan of shooting games — quick to blame video games and Hollywood movies for inuring children to violence."

To the article's credit, they do give a perfunctory summary of the research at the end (about what can be expected of a 2-pager).  And the above statement is accurate: the public rhetoric has shifted, even if it shouldn't have.

I hope the NYTimes can do a full review of this literature for the public good.  This is an area ripe for a Science Times exploration!

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