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Friday, May 28, 2004

Cartoons and Citizens

Read this article about how non-violent cartoons are a BAD thing for society. Excerpt:

One author has a better idea. In his superb and unfairly overlooked 2002 book, Killing Monsters, former comic book author Gerard Jones proposes that society needs an entirely different approach to the issue of violence in children's entertainment. He suggests that children respond strongly to violent entertainment because the violence mirrors their own feelings of aggression -- and those feelings of aggression are legitimate and worthy of expression. Rather than struggling hopelessly to eliminate childhood aggression, we should teach children to harness and employ aggressive feelings in socially useful ways.
I think that this is a very good point. Aggressiveness needs to be channeled, not suppressed.


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