Assassination Generation: Video Games, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing
Paducah, Kentucky, 1997: a 14-year-old boy shoots eight students in a prayer circle at his school. Littleton, Colorado, 1999: two high school seniors kill a teacher, twelve other students, and then themselves. Utoya, Norway, 2011: a politicalit.
Filled with powerful information and backed with data, this is a book every parent should read.
We don’t let our children smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or own firearms, yet we allow them access to violent media including TV, movies and video games. The latter, video games, are likely the worst because instead of being a passive viewer of the violence, our children are taking an active role in directing t ...more
In our media-, electronics-, death-obsessed culture, we have got to get a handle on things before it gets even worse, and the first step is restricting children's access to violent video games (in addition to access to violent movies and TV... followed by limiting their screen time to a reasonable amount). I was surprised by how readable this text was, given all the statistics and studies within the pages. The indisputable, scientific evidence between...more
Very informative but a bit overly heavy-handed at points. Needs more research and focus on directly pursuing the positive and pro-social behaviors that entirely negate the malicious elements. But, for the perspective it brandishes, very thorough and well-supported.
This book does a convincing study on the connection between violent video games and violence in society. More need to read this and admit the connection exists and act to reduce the advertising and glorifying of these games.
- Calling violence a worldwide phenomenon - it really isn’t pp19
- Various points of praise doled out for the prison-military-industrial complex.. like this is somehow helping. “Let’s shove more people in prison t ...more
Do you have children? Do they play video games? Are you aware of the content, the rating systems, the standards, the marketing methods? Do your children have friends? Are they gamers?
I am PRO video games. I believe they can improve critical thinking, hand-eye coordinatio ...more
Every parent, educator, needs to read this book!! I would not have believed the effects of these games . But unfortunately We are dealing with this first hand. These are not the computer games of 20 years ago. And back then the internet was not readily available. This is today's epidemic. The plus in this book is the steps that can be taken to address this issue.
In 1998 Lt. Colonel Grossman retired from the military as Professor of Military Science at Arkansas State University. His career includes service in the United States Army as a sergeant in the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, a platoon leader in the 9th Infantry Division (United States), a general s ...more