Violent Content in Media
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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 16, 2012 Will Twitter war become the new norm?
QUOTE: The military's live spin about the strike, and Hamas' response on a separate Twitter feed, have been called an unprecedented use of social media. BuzzFeed wrote that it "may well be the most meaningful change in our consumption of war in over 20 years." It's raising questions about the ethics and implications of live-tweeting a violent conflict.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 27, 2011 Justices Reject Ban on Violent Video Games for Children
QUOTE: Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for five justices in the majority in the video games decision, Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, No. 08-1448, said video games were subject to full First Amendment protection. “Like the protected books, plays and movies that preceded them, video games communicate ideas — and even social messages — through many familiar literary devices (such as characters, dialogue, plot and music) and through features distinctive to the medium...
New York Times Apr 20, 2010 Justices Reject Ban on Videos of Animal Cruelty
QUOTE: In a major First Amendment ruling, the Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a federal law that made it a crime to create or sell dogfight videos and other depictions of animal cruelty....suggest that the Roberts Court is prepared to adopt a robustly libertarian view of the constitutional protection of free speech.
New York Times Apr 01, 2008 In Gaza, Hamas’s Insults to Jews Complicate Peace
QUOTE: Such incitement against Israel and Jews was supposed to be banned under the 1993 Oslo accords and the 2003 “road map” peace plan. While the Palestinian Authority under Fatah has made significant, if imperfect efforts to end incitement, Hamas, no party to those agreements, feels no such restraint.
New York Times Nov 05, 2007 Protesting Demeaning Images in Media
QUOTE: The rallies are taking place as civil rights leaders, cultural critics and others use the moment to debate how to represent the diversity of black life while minimizing offensive words and images. A big issue is the distinction between standards and censorship. Some charge that what Enough Is Enough does is censorship.
New York Times Oct 15, 2007 As slayings of cops rise, a new brutality surfaces
QUOTE: The escalating brutality has driven many police agencies, including Miami and the Orange County, Fla., sheriff's department, to provide more powerful guns to patrol officers, including military-style assault weapons. Others are moving toward updated communications systems to offer more information about potential suspects. The nation's largest association of police chiefs is urging Congress to enact a new ban on assault weapons such as some types of AK-47s.
USA TODAY Oct 07, 2007 Thou Shalt Not Kill, Except in a Popular Video Game at Church
QUOTE: Across the country, hundreds of ministers and pastors desperate to reach young congregants have drawn concern and criticism through their use of an unusual recruiting tool: the immersive and violent video game Halo.
New York Times Sep 03, 2007 Colorado Police Link Rise in Violence to Music
QUOTE: After a spate of shootings, and with a rising murder rate, the police here are saying gangsta rap is contributing to the violence, luring gang members and criminal activity to nightclubs. The police publicly condemned the music in a news release after a killing in July and are warning nightclub owners that their places might not be safe if they play gangsta rap.
New York Times Sep 01, 2007 Young Fliers See the Film, Be It PG or R
QUOTE: Critics say their anger comes as airlines, eager to cater to current tastes and acceding to more permissive standards for the entertainment media, have relaxed their rules for what they show.
New York Times Jun 13, 2007 Blair Likens News Media to 'Feral Beast': British Leader Says Competition Has Pushed Press to Focus on the Sensational
QUOTE: the news media, driven by increasing competition and pressure from fast-changing technology .... "saps the country's confidence and self-belief," [Prime Minister Tony Blair] said. "It undermines its assessment of itself, of institutions, and above all, it reduces our capacity to take the right decisions in the right spirit for our future."
Washington Post Apr 25, 2007 Should Game Ads Be Censored?: It's not just mature rated games that are being targeted by concerned parties such as the Parents Television Council. It's their advertising, too
QUOTE: It shouldn't come as a surprise then that commercials have become the latest target by those looking to keep mature rated titles out of the hands of children. After all, if children never hear about these "M" rated titles, they're obviously not going purchase them. Certain organizations have taken these thoughts to heart, and have tried to have ads for "M" rated banned from public transit systems.
BusinessWeek Jul 24, 2006 The War of Images
QUOTE: the very technology that enables reporters to show footage of a Lebanese father soon after his young son has been killed by a bomb blast carries not just an emotional punch but the power to distort the overall picture.
Washington Post May 17, 2006 MPAA Rates Poster an F: Documentary Ad's Image of Guantanamo Prisoner Abuse Deemed Inappropriate
QUOTE: The Motion Picture Association of America has censored a poster advertising a film about the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba..."The reason given was that the burlap bag over the guy's head was depicting torture, which wasn't appropriate for children to see,"
Washington Post Jan 09, 2006 The Bush Bombshell: Did the president propose to take out Al Jazeera?
QUOTE: Bush mooted the idea of taking out the headquarters of Al Jazeera in Doha, Qatar....puts Blair in a good light, in that he dissuaded the president from any such course of action and was assisted in this by Colin Powell, who was then secretary of state.
Slate Jul 15, 2005 How Do Video Games Get Rated?: Warning: contains cartoon violence and partial nudity.
QUOTE: Sen. Hillary Clinton has called for an investigation of the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas after hackers discovered a secret section of the game that depicts graphic sex acts.
Slate Jan 02, 2005 The War Inside the Arab Newsroom
QUOTE: Beyond Al-Rashed's criticism of Islamic fundamentalists, the main target of his wrath is the Arab media....he thinks his competition is not just misguided but actively dangerous. "The region is being filled with inaccuracies and partial truths...I think people will always make good judgments if they have the right information and the whole information. What we lack right now is the truth and information."
New York Times May 14, 2004 Hiding the Paper: A First for a Journalist
QUOTE: These images, if they weren't journalism, would be pornography.
Poynter Online May 15, 2003 Fighting Women Enter the Arena, No Holds Barred
QUOTE: ...critics like Bell Hooks, a feminist theorist, challenge the notion that the emergence of a warrior class of video game vixens is something worth celebrating. By projecting hyper-sexualized women as heartless killers in popular entertainment, real people are being sold a mixed message, she said.
New York Times Mar 26, 2003 Live, but Not Really: The networks can show us more war than ever before—but they're choosing not to.
QUOTE: It's right and reasonable for the U.S. networks to apply standards of taste and sensitivity...But so far the American networks' choices look less like editorial wisdom and more like carrying water for the Bush administration.
Slate Mar 24, 2003 Channels Struggle on Images of Captured and Slain Soldiers
QUOTE: Television news organizations faced their first wrenching decision about how to use graphic video images of the war with Iraq yesterday, as a videotape of captured and killed American soldiers was withheld from broadcast for most of the day.
New York Times Mar 10, 2003 Study links violent TV, later aggression: A group at the University of Michigan tracked children and found apparent results.
QUOTE: Children who watch a lot of violent television are more apt to be aggressive in young adulthood, doing such things as physically attacking someone or throwing things at their spouses.
Philadelphia Inquirer Jan 28, 2003 'Sopranos' Scenario in Slaying?
QUOTE: One of two arrested sons allegedly says that after killing their mother, they used an idea from the TV show and cut off her head and hands.
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