The relationship between cultural influences and real world violence

Bill Gardner, Professor of Pediatrics, Psychology, and Psychiatry at The Ohio State University, has posted on his blog regarding violent rhetoric, violence in media (such as video games and movies), and real world interpersonal violence. Citing research from economics, sociology, and other fields, Gardner concludes that the effect of these violent cultural influences, though real, is small compared to other factors. The sources he cites are well worth reviewing.

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