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May 31, 2010


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Andy Havens

Couldn't have been the decade of ongoing, faceless, sterile wars we've had since 9/11. Or the increasingly shrill, partisan, us-vs-them mentality of 21st century politics. Or the commercialization of everything from classic mythology and fairy tales (Disney) to athletics (Nike, NCAA, Olympics).

No. Gotta be the games and Facebook.

Frickin' noobs.

peter naegele

Pavlov and Wolpe must be having a good laugh over this in whatever dimension they exist in now.

Also see:

Carnagey, Nicholas L.; Anderson, Craig A.; Bushman, Brad J. (2007). The effect of video game violence on physiological desensitization to real-life violence. Journal of experimental social psychology, 43(3) 489-496

Bryan Alexander

Well said, Andy. ...and, alas, they are only n00bs when it comes to the tech. The fearsome digital media meme is, by now, quite practiced.

It's a weirdly limiting test, peter, showing short-term physical excitement after playing exciting games. Behavioral change is a very different thing.

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