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Invitation to a Dialogue - Media Violence

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Regardless of the role violent media played or didn't play in the tragic Newtown shootings, children are harmed by frequent exposure to movies, video games, music and TV programs that glorify violence. We shouldn't let the National Rifle Association's smoke and mirrors, or the urgent need for gun control distract from the problem of media violence. But public health policy is often based on correlation between behavior and harm, and the correlation between media violence and aggression is almost as strong as the link between smoking cigarettes and lung cancer — and stronger than other acknowledged public health threats such as the links between not using a condom and sexually transmitted H.I.V., and early exposure to lead and lower I.Q. scores.

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