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There is still no evidence that videogames “harm” minors

Ferguson, Christopher J. (2014) There is still no evidence that videogames “harm” minors. LSE American Politics and Policy (28 Aug 2014). Website.

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Mass shootings in recent years such as those Newtown and Aurora in 2012 have once again placed the spotlight onto the role of violent videogames in encouraging youth violence. But is there a link between the two? Christopher J. Ferguson argues that the evidence shows that videogames do not cause violence, and that any alarmist claims that they do are based on minimal data. He writes that moral panics, such as those that arise after mass shootings, encourage psychologists to make extreme claims in order to gain prestige, headlines and grant funding.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 11:20
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:24

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