Media as a Cause of Crime

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  • The search for a connection between depictions of violence in the media (especially in comic books, television, music, video games, and movies) and actual violent, criminal, or aggressive behavior has been the goal of a wide variety of psychological, social science, and criminology research projects. Concern with the connection often increases after specific events, such as the Columbine High School shooting incident (the student shooters used to play violent video games), or copycat crimes, which perpetrators often attribute to media depictions of similar incidents.

    Attempts at finding either cause-effect relationships (violence in the media causes violent behavior) or correlations (increased television watching takes place in conjunction with increase in violent crimes) have provided contradictory data and inconclusive results. Nevertheless, many medical and governmental agencies have accepted ...

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