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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
 
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