jennifer taylor wrote: >I believe anecdote - based examples are as perfect examples of the >direct effect violence on tv has on children as any. Studies have been >done with children watching two completely different types of shows. One >set of children would watch Sesame Street and the other would watch the >road runner and the coyote for about a half an hour. They were observed. >Studies showed that the ones that watched Sesame Street were a lot more >cooperative towards others and were not as rough with other children. >The ones that watch the other show were "rough housing" with each other >and were not as cooperative with others. Other studies have shown (yes, there are at least one study supporting every possible statement on media violence) that kids watching fast-paced TV-shows were 'rough housing' with each other more than kids watching more slowlky paced shows. The abobe were true independent of whether the 'fast' shows were violent or not. > Some one responded to me and said that I was being universal with my >attitude and response I was referring to SOME children not ALL children. >Everyone is different when it comes to watching violent shows. Stephen >has one fine example. Unless someone can prove other wise or give proven >facts about the direct effect of violence on children then nothing is >wrong with anecdote - based examples because after all they are personal >experiences with this subject. > Right. They are personal experiences - and not much else. It is impossible to generalize from personal experience and say 'since I saw this happen to this kid, this will happen to all, or even some kids.' And after all, when we're observing our own kids, no-one could claim we're objective, un-biased observers. Ulf Ulf Dalquist Phone: +46 46 2229572 Dept. of Sociology Fax: +46 46 2224794 Box 114 221 00 Lund SWEDEN E-mail: [log in to unmask] http://www.soc.lu.se/~socuda/ "Only sick music makes money today." - Friedrich Nietzsche, 1888 ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.