Looking to Media for Causes of Violence
President Obama’s call to ban assault weapons, place limits on high-capacity magazines and enact other controls on gun ownership has upset a lot of powerful interests in Texas.
Some politicians say one of the major causes of gun violence is pop culture — TV, music and video games. KUT’s Nathan Bernier spoke with Dominic Lasorsa, a professor of journalism at the University of Texas who has studied the role of TV violence in society.
There’s some general consensus among researchers who do media violence that media violence can contribute to real-world violence. But I don’t think any of us believe that it’s the cause of real-world violence.