The Star Press (which describes itself as the "news source for East Central Indiana") writer Jeffrey M.. McCall pens a two-page editorial called "Violent video games not an issue worthy of First Amendment protection," in which he attempts to lay out a case for Schwarzenegger v. EMA.
First, an explanation as to what the author thinks the entertainment industry really wants.. apparently it isn’t freedom of expression:
"As usual, when it comes to controversial media content, the entertainment industry is trumpeting its First Amendment rights — in this case to market violent video games to minors. Don’t be fooled, however; these media producers have no real interest in First Amendment philosophy. They only want to make as much money as possible, even at the expense of our kids’ emotional development."
The next paragraph shows that the author is going by what the State of California said before the Supreme Court, and not his own first-hand experience with games. He talks about "Postal," a game that no young kid in America wants to play:
"The games in question feature graphic portrayals of violence, carried out by the video game players. Police officers are shot. Women are decapitated. Shooting victims have gasoline poured on them and are set ablaze. The shooters urinate on their victims."
The author goes on to cite data from the PTC’s secret shopper program and recaps all the negative moments the game industry faced in front of the Supreme Court. In the end McCall believes that this case is really about money and not about First Amendment rights.
You can read the entire thing here.
McCall is a professor of communication at DePauw University in Greencastle, and the author of the book "Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences."