Two academic speakers took violent media to task yesterday during a Public Affairs Conference at Missouri State University. Joanne Cantor, the University of Wisconsin's director of the Center for Communication Research, was anything but shy in her critique:
"We need to understand the impact entertainment violence has on kids. The media spends a lot of money debunking the research. [Kids who consume violent media] see the world as an angry place. They are desensitized to the effects of violence.
The more they play violent games, the more impulsive they are since games reward impulsive reactions, to shoot quickly in order to kill."