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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence

One of the authors of this book (Lt. Col. Grossman, a retired Army Ranger and West Point Psychology professor) testified before the U.S. House and Senate, was cited by President Clinton in a national address after the Littleton school shootings, and has writ...
One of the authors of this book (Lt. Col. Grossman, a retired Army Ranger and West Point Psychology professor) testified before the U.S. House and Senate, was cited by President Clinton in a national address after the Littleton school shootings, and has written numerous peer reviewed encyclopedia entries on this topic. The other author (Gloria DeGaetano) is one of the nation's leading educators in the area of media literacy and education. Together they have put together such a powerful book that the reader cannot come away without having sincere concerns about the impact of violent TV, movies and video games on kids. The full title of this book is 'Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence.' Although video games are the last and least of the topics addressed, the video game industry has decided that this book is all about them and has launched a full scale attack. One online 'review' of this book failed to mention the full title, the co-author and implies that it is all about video games. Kind of like saying that the musical 'South Pacific,' by Rodgers and Hammerstein, is a play entitled 'South,' by Rodgers, about people from old Dixie. When the many errors of this review were pointed out to the website, the review was immediately retracted, but copies of the review and others like it continue to float around on the net. You can tell that the attackers of this book have not read or seen the book, and are basing their 'reviews' solely on the industry's attack campaign, when their reviews attack Col. Grossman and are not even aware of his co-author. When you read the book you will see that Col. Grossman was a consultant in the criminal trial for the 14 year-old mass murder at the Paducah, Kentucky high school. He is also an expert witness in the $130 million dollar federal lawsuit against the video game industry, because video games appear to have trained and inspired the Paducah school killer to commit his mass murder. In this book the authors present all the inside information on this case, and if there are no grounds for what they say, then why does this lawsuit persist? Ted Turner is on record as stating, 'Television violence is the single most significant factor contributing to violence in America.' (California House of Representatives Resolution on Media Violence, May, 1999.) And when the President of CBS was asked if he thought the media had anything to do with the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, his answer was, 'Anyone who thinks the media has nothing to do with it is an idiot.' The TV industry admits their role in violent crime, but the video game industry consistently denies any and all impact of video games on kids. Col. Grossman is also the author of the book, 'On Killing,' which is a standard text used in West Point, and numerous other colleges, military academies, and police academies worldwide. 'On Killing' (nominated for a Pulitzer, translated into Japanese and Italian, and currently in its 9th and largest trade paper printing) is the standard text on this topic, and has established Col. Grossman as the preeminent scholar in this field. He has also written numerous peer reviewed encyclopedia entries and a peer reviewed entry in the Oxford Companion to American Military History on this subject. Based upon Col. Grossman's research, President Clinton stated in his national radio address after the Littleton shootings that: 'A former Lieutenant Colonel and psychologist, Professor David Grossman, has said that these games teach young people to kill with all the precision of a military training program, but none of the character training that goes along with it.' Maybe President Clinton, the AMA, the APA, the Surgeon General, the president of CBS and T

posted by Anonymous on February 26, 2000

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5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

A Perfect example of victimization

This book completely ignores studies and statistics. Rather than blaming irresponsible parents or retailers, it blames the gaming and movie industries. This is like blaming Islam for fundumentalist and extremist Muslims. Rather than blaming those who are truly responsib...
This book completely ignores studies and statistics. Rather than blaming irresponsible parents or retailers, it blames the gaming and movie industries. This is like blaming Islam for fundumentalist and extremist Muslims. Rather than blaming those who are truly responsible for youth violence, this book blames creators of these games, movies and shows. They are rated by their content, and games rated M (most, if not all games mentioned in the book are) and movies rated R (again, mentioned in this book) should be sold only to those over the age of 17, and parents should monitor what their children do and do not play/watch. 'Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence' is extremely hypocritical, uses these industries as a scapegoat, teaches its readers not to take responsibility for their actions, and gives parents an excuse for their poor parenting and, in some cases, total failures to parent their children.

posted by Anonymous on September 25, 2005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2005

    A Perfect example of victimization

    This book completely ignores studies and statistics. Rather than blaming irresponsible parents or retailers, it blames the gaming and movie industries. This is like blaming Islam for fundumentalist and extremist Muslims. Rather than blaming those who are truly responsible for youth violence, this book blames creators of these games, movies and shows. They are rated by their content, and games rated M (most, if not all games mentioned in the book are) and movies rated R (again, mentioned in this book) should be sold only to those over the age of 17, and parents should monitor what their children do and do not play/watch. 'Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action against TV, Movie and Video Game Violence' is extremely hypocritical, uses these industries as a scapegoat, teaches its readers not to take responsibility for their actions, and gives parents an excuse for their poor parenting and, in some cases, total failures to parent their children.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2003

    propaganda for idiots

    This book is a complete waste of paper ! The whole premise is logically incorrect. It basically gives lousy parents a scape-goat when their children go insane. This book is also very poorly written, as if a 15 year old had written it.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2003

    This book is nothing but lies

    This book is nothing but lies. The video game and TV industries can't be blamed for irresponsible parents. There are ratings for video games and TV shows. People can't say that the makers of violent movies, shows, and games should be punished. If parents monitered what their kids watched and played, then there wouldn't be a problem. Parents need to be responsible, and blame themselves. If a certain retailer sells Mature rated games to kids, then blame that retailer. Don't blame the industry on the whole. Kids can't play violent games if parents take time to watch what their children are playing, and enforce their rules.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2001

    A travesty to all video gamers

    This book is absolute treash. If the parents of the children had taken responsibility on what their children play and watch, then such incidents could be avoided. Video games have a rating system, and most of the violent games this book mentions have a 'mature' rating, and should not be sold to children seventeen or younger. If the stores fail to honor this rating system, blame them and the parents, not the makers. Video games are intended for entertainment purposes, not as 'murder trainers'. This book has the wrong audience targeted for the responsibility. Take it out on parents and stores, not the entertainment industry. If I could give this book no stars whatsoever, I would do so.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 1999

    1 Star is being generous (actually it was the lowest allowed)

    A complete was of time and money. It would have been time better spent actually playing Doom, or some other 'killing simulator.' The book reads like a narrow politicians' 'feel goo legislation.' It reinforces beliefs of those who agree, but does nothing to convince the rest of us. Once again, like Heavy Metal music, and good old rock and roll before it, it attempts to find a convenient scapegoat in the game industry, for a problem that goes beyond a simple game, and avoids the root of problems, parenting and the state of society. But I guess it's easy to blame games. Can't miss the bandwagon

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Mee

    Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blag blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah sorry

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    .lies.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    You guys are morons.

    How does the 14 year old hit 5 headshots? Luck. Firing a gun and playing a game are completely different feelings and experiences.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Ffhtrfa#ttfsddeg

    Look at 3,4 and5

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Lies

    First off... all games have a rating just like moves and mature and R rated movie should not be seen by people under the age of 17 unless u think your child is mature enough

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2013

    Nu uh this is so stupid and im not critic

    Um so first of viloent game dont make us kill lag does and that crap only hapens when you drop your kid on there head the give them black ops o street fighter this is a bunch of @&#%# bull s***

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Trash

    Trash compleat trash if you think video games make people go crazy you'er a f@#$%&* compleat idoit

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Wrong

    This is wrong it's not the video games that should be blamed. It's the way the people take in the game. The people who wrote this book suck and they hate anything that is fun.

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