Proof that our class discussion today is as topical as ever, the VP was asked about his opinion on violent videogames:
“There’s no hard data on whether these excessively violent video games, in fact, cause people to engage in behavior that is antisocial, including using guns,” he said, referencing a noted American Academy of Pediatrics review of research that violent video games are strongly associated with aggressive behavior. ”They didn’t make the next connection saying that leads to violent behavior, but there’s no studies done,” Biden concludes.
Source: “Joe Biden Wins The Internet Again: The Best Quotes Of His Google+ Hangout” by Gregory Ferenstein, who for some weird reason chimes in his opinion on violent videogames,
I do agree with the fact that the preponderance of evidence does show a convincing link between actual physical aggression and violent video games.
It’s also true that there’s no good causal evidence showing a link between violence and video games (just physical aggression, like yelling and kicking), but that’s mainly because the relatively smaller population of gun offenders makes it difficult to do experimental and large-scale research. Also, even if a link were found, there’s no clear way that legislation could stop games getting into the hands of kids anyways.
Still, I agree with Biden that it couldn’t hurt to do more research.
Everybody has a belly button. Interestingly, his belly lint references almost all of the literature that Ferguson takes issue with. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that this author and Craig A. Anderson are homeboys.