Regulating Violence in Entertainment

Overview

Many Americans believe that exposure to violent entertainment harms young people. Some argue that violence in entertainment is so serious a problem that the government should protect people from it and regulate it, as has been done with tobacco. Opponents of regulation contend that the scientific evidence linking violent entertainment to real-world violence is far from conclusive and that restricting access to it would be unworkable and perhaps counterproductive. Regulation also raises constitutional issues ...

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Overview

Many Americans believe that exposure to violent entertainment harms young people. Some argue that violence in entertainment is so serious a problem that the government should protect people from it and regulate it, as has been done with tobacco. Opponents of regulation contend that the scientific evidence linking violent entertainment to real-world violence is far from conclusive and that restricting access to it would be unworkable and perhaps counterproductive. Regulation also raises constitutional issues because entertainment is protected speech under the First Amendment. In Regulating Violence in Entertainment, learn how this debate is likely to intensify, as more realistic and interactive forms of violent entertainment become available.

Each book in the Point/Counterpoint series offers all the statutes, legal opinions, and studies a student needs to structure a cohesive argument on a given controversial topic. Issues are presented from multiple points of view; sidebars cite laws, opinions, and court cases to aid in critical analysis; appendices help students conduct legal research; and all sources are fully documented.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604135107
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Series: Point/Counterpoint Series
  • Pages: 152
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction

Violence, Entertainment, and Society 11

Point

Violent Entertainment Is a Serious Problem 26

Counterpoint

The Dangers of Violent Entertainment Are Exaggerated 40

Point

The Entertainment Industry Has Acted Irresponsibly 54

Counterpoint

Critics Wrongly Blame Entertainment for Crime 70

Point

Regulating Entertainment Is Necessary 86

Counterpoint

Regulating Entertainment Is Bad Policy 101

Conclusion

Looking Ahead 115

Appendix: Beginning Legal Research 130

Elements of the Argument 133

Notes 136

Resources 139

Picture Credits 143

Index 144

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