It is clear that much of the social concern over media violence, and in particular television violence, is due to a belief that such depictions cause real violence. It is important to understand the variety of causation under consideration. Obviously, to claim that certain depictions cause violence is not to claim that every person exposed to such material commits acts of violence nor that only such people commit such acts. The issue is, instead, one of probability and correlation. The question is whether a population exposed to depictions of violence is more violent than a population...
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