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Understanding the Problem Video games are not the source of violence in our society says the president of the Interactive Digital Software Association Doug Lowenstein Thats like blaming illiteracy on television Its time we look at availability of guns and dysfunctional families as the source of violence-not games Goodstein Entertainment producers argue that it is not their responsibility but the responsibility of the parents to make sure that their own children are not exposed to media that would be considered as violent or damaging to their own kids The media believes they are the scapegoat for anything that goes wrong with todays society Doug Lowenstein stated When people speak of violence there are speaking of video game playing action-movie watching and playground karate chopping as violence as if they were somehow the same as genuine acts of destruction Pretend violence is not real violence It doesnt cause real violence If we fail to keep real distinctions in mind if we allow our emotions to blur the distinction between what is real and what is not then we only make it harder to deal with real violence in a real way Goodstein The Federal Trade Commissioners the FTC over past years have been attacking violent and inappropriate behavior found in the media The FTC is shocked to discover that children like violent entertainment The FTC feels that it must be because companies are manipulating them through deceptive marketing But many media producers feel that the FTC is wrong for two reasons The producers feel that the facts and the First Amendment are on their sideRosenberg 182 In a debate done in late 1998 the head chairman for the FTC spoke and he agreed with the media producers views In his remarks FTC Chairman Robert Pitofsky said Although scholars and observers generally have agreed that exposure to violence in entertainment media alone does not cause a child
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