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burrfoot Donating Member (801 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-04-10 01:31 PM
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22. I grant your premise-
there are a lot of similarities. However, during the time I've spent both in Canada and in Great Britain, while American TV shows were available they were certainly not the majority of shows (or even close to it).

Plus, it's not just about the media an individual is exposed to, it's about the context in which that media is understood.

Last but not least- and this is personal belief, I don't have stats to back it up at my fingertips- I don't believe that many of the cultural aspects people blame violence on are at all valid. I am a huge fan of action movies, zombie/horror/psycho movies, violent video games, martial arts, and both edged and projectile weapons. I played dungeons and dragons for years. Hell, before that I even played imaginary games with my friends that usually involved sticks (we grew up in the rural northeast) becoming swords and guns.
Yet, I've never once had an uncontrollable or even particularly strong urge to commit a violent act against another.

I know that my experience isn't that of everyone, and that my anecdote doesn't mean anything statistically. However, I honestly believe that the massive numbers of people who participate in so-called violent games and media and do not "snap" speaks volumes about the lack of connection.

Track these violent events back, and I betcha you'll find abuse and/or neglect by a family member(s) at the root. By and large, however, Americans appear to me to have a proclivity for sticking their heads in the sand, and to be unwilling to accept that the causes of these horrible events are 1) closer to home than we like to admit and 2) more under our control to fix than we like to admit.
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