Obama Directs Study into Influence of Violent Media

At the latest White House press conference the US President Barak Obama has used his power to direct the Center for Disease Control to study the causes (and prevention) of violent behaviour, which includes investigating any relationship it might have with violent media such as movies, television shows and video games. In line with this order, the President also wants $10 million to be allocated by Congress toward studying of violent media and its effects.

“And while year after year, those who oppose even modest gun safety measures have threatened to defund scientific or medical research into the causes of gun violence, I will direct the Centers for Disease Control to go ahead and study the best ways to reduce it — and Congress should fund research into the effects that violent video games have on young minds.” Obama said. “We don’t benefit from ignorance.  We don’t benefit from not knowing the science of this epidemic of violence.”


The media-focussed investigation, one of 23 executive orders signed by the President at the conference, follows a number of summits centered around solving issues of gun violence in the country. At one such meeting executives, researchers and representatives from across the gaming industry met with Vice President Joe Biden to give suggestions on their perspective and suggestions for addressing public concerns of the influence of such media. Although some gamers are concerned that the industry is being unfairly targeted, the Vice President in fact went so far as to expressed to John Riccitello, CEO of Electronic Arts, that the White House were not singling out the gaming industry. Earlier this year the White House also took time to investigate the benefits of video games for the community.

As it is only early days, no details are available as to the specific research to be undertaken by the Center for Disease Control.


Source: Venture Beat