Those believing in a causal link between videos and crime presume that there is an equally basic message in violent films, ie, 'You must go out and commit heinous acts, like murder.' If any film was made with such blatantly evil intent, I fail to see how it could pass our censorship laws.
If it is argued that the influence of violent films is more subtle, then the minds of many are far more fickle and unpredictable than we would like to think. In my capacity as a voluntary worker, dealing with vulnerable psychotic individuals, I can recall one highly disturbed man being incited to extreme violence by, ironically, the arrival of innocuous direct mail advertising on his door mat. I suspect a call to ban 'junk' mail would be welcomed by many of us, but surely not because it is a direct cause of violence.
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