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Response to In_The_Wind (Reply #22)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:04 PM

31. 3 stooges teaching murderers

There was never a time when entertainment media didn't contain violence. The notion that bugs bunny and the 3 stooges cause children to embrace murder is beyond laughable. Anyone that is a responsible parent knows that most normal children are sophisticated and intelligent enough to not emulate the violent acts of cartoon entertainment- and those children that do behave violently are more often the result of bad parenting, not children's entertainment. By the time I was 10 years old, myself and those from my generation had whitnessed untold hours of Curly and Larry being pulverized and poked in the eyes. Somehow, myself and my contemporaries were able to grow up with an understanding that media violence is just part of entertainment, not a lifestyle or practical endeavor.
If you honestly believe that the 3 stooges and Beavis & Butthead are at fault for child gun deaths and other acts of violence, perhaps you should not be a parent. Entertaining and embracing silly notions like this should underline the importance of taking responsibility for the intellectual and moral training of our own children. Only children with pre-existing dysfunctional social problems- raised in the absence moral and intellectual guidance- would emulate violent entertainment media with an expectation of cartoon results.
There is a relationship between media and cultural attitudes and actions- but it is not a "cause & effect" sort of relationship- if this were true, everyone listening to love songs would fall in love and our society would be filled with individuals injured and maimed by falling anvils and magnetic bird seed.
It's time for some parents to quit using the TV as a babysitter and moral educator. Americans that raise thier children with care and reason shouldn't be denied 1st amendment rights, just because a small number of Americans have abdicated thier parental responsibilities and left the moral education of thier children to Nickelodeon and Cartoon network.
TV, movies and video games are entertainment, not a substitute for a social and moral education- and they never have been. Why do some censorship-happy Americans spend so much time trying to convince us that it is? Most Americans understand this common sense fact- others refuse to acknowledge the scientific and moral reality that entertainment media is not the cause of violence in our society; bad parenting and socioeconomic factors are the culprits. Moe, Larry and Curly are not murdering our children. I'm amazed that grown-up, intelligent progressives are still refusing to acknowledge this fact.

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