PTC Praises ‘Youth Violence: What We Need To Know’ Report

Last week the Parents Television Council (PTC) issued a press release singing the praises of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), who spearheaded a report called 'Youth Violence: What We Need To Know.' While the report is attributed to the Subcommittee on Youth Violence of the Advisory Committee to the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation; it includes a disclaimer at the beginning that "Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations presented in this material are only those of the authors; and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."

In a press release issued last week, the PTC said that it applauded this report for highlighting three major risk factors: violent media, mental health, and access to guns. While there is a fair share about access to guns and mental health issues, the lion's share of the report focuses on violent media and research that supports the idea that violent video games make people aggressive.

Here is one morsel on "games" from the report (it is one of many):

"Particularly important within this corpus is research documenting risk factors for aggressive and violent behavior, especially poor parenting practices, households under economic stress, rejection from adolescent peer groups, deteriorating mental health, and intensive exposure to the fantasy world of online games that glorify violence and desensitize the viewer to its consequences. Particularly damaging is the fusion of masculinity and violence in popular culture that is consumed by adolescents in all corners of the country. The interplay, or additive nature, of these risk factors is important to consider because no single risk factor provides us with a comprehensive understanding."

The report can be found here (PDF). It is clearly a one-sided affair because it sources studies that say that video games have various ill-effects on America's youth (Brad Bushman, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Psychology at Ohio State was one of the co-chairs on Media Violence and Youth Violence). It is no wonder that the PTC wholeheartedly embraces this study because – it thinks – it emboldens and empowers its anti-violent media message.

Thanks to Uncharted NES for the link.

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    NyuRena says:

    "It is not possible to know whether playing violent games caused Breivik, Harris and Klebold (or any other killer) to shoot their victims. " 

    True, it could never have been for reasons listed his GIANT MANIFESTO, or being bullied, it had to be da videah games…

    "Violent games also decrease helping behavior and feelings of empathy for others."

    I guess all of the team building and problem solving benefits studies must have passed them by? Guild Wars 2 seems to do nothing BUT reward helping others in game, not that they would soil their souls by knowledge of their "evils".

    There is a study that found people like this intend to keep their children in a hepa filtered hamster ball for their whole lives. I can't find that study, but with the level of evidence these people employ, my words should be taken as expert testimony.

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    Andrew Eisen says:

    My favorite part is where it says the Columbine killers "claimed they used the violent video game
    'Doom' to practice their shooting rampage."

    Both killed themselves immediately following the massacre.  Did they make this claim via Ouija board?


    Andrew Eisen

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    BearDogg-X says:

    Funny how this BS report done by a Congressman known for whining about "violent" media(co-sponsored legislation with former representative Joe Baca) only promotes the studies that support his viewpoint(flawed as they are) yet was thoroughly rejected by a majority of Supreme Court justices in the Brown v. EMA decision.

    How pathetic from a group that already had to pay once for lying about a company.

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