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The Effects of Media Violence on Society

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Science  29 Mar 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5564, pp. 2377-2379
DOI: 10.1126/science.1070765

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  • Re: Clague's response to TV and Violence

    Clague's criticism is interesting, but while distinguishing between time spent watching TV and time spent on other things may be fairly easy, trying to distinguish between social and non-social activities could be more difficult.

    Reading books, walking alone (or with pet), cleaning house, fishing, bird watching, checking out Science Online, and many, many other activities may not be obviously social. Watching a...

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  • TV and Violence

    This research shows an association between watching a lot of TV and aggression. You then appear to suggest that this supports the theory that watching TV causes violence.

    It seems more likely to me that more time spent watching TV means less time for social activities and it is this which causes aggression.

    This can be tested by seeing if more social activity affects aggression regardless of the amount...

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