DOES TELEVISION CAUSE YOUTH VIOLENCE?. THE ISSUE : WHAT DO CHILDREN GET FROM ALL THE TELEVISION THEY WATCH? DOES IT DO THEM ANY HARM? AND SHOULD THE STATE INTERVENE IF IT DOES DO THEM HARM – SPECIFICALLY, IF IT LEADS THEM TO ACT IN AGGRESSIVE AND VIOLENT WAYS?
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THOSE WITH THE MOST TO LOSE IN THIS DEBATE [THE TELEVISION NETWORKS THEMSELVES] GOT INVOLVED IN RESEARCHING THE QUESTION EARLY. NETWORK RESEARCHERS PROPOSED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN THOROUGH AND UNBIASED SCIENTIFIC ACCOUNT OF THE EXISTING EVIDENCE. THEY RESTED THEIR CONCLUSIONS ON A NUMBER OF ARGUMENTS [SOME OF WHICH WERE HOTLY DISPUTED BY THE “INDEPENDENT” RESEARCH COMMUNITY] AS FOLLOWS:
IN THE FACE OF THESE PERSUASIVE ARGUMENTS, INDEPENDENT RESEARCHERS WENT TO WORK WITH GREAT ENERGY, TAKING EXCEPTION TO VIRTUALLY EVERY POINT THE NETWORK RESEARCHERS MADE – AS FOLLOWS: