In young killers because there are other things

In “Do Video Games Kill” author and sociologist at the University of Southern California, Karen Sternheimer, address the preposterous idea that video games are the cause for young killers. Sterenheimer believes that video games are not negative products and that they are not the cause of young killers because there are other things that can influence youth violence such “guns, poverty, families, and the organization of schools”.(Sternheimer 206). To support her claim Karen uses news reports from all over the world about school shootings such as the three shootings that happened at Littleton, Kentucky, and Paducah High School in 1997. Sternheimer discusses how the FBI conducted a report on school rampage shootings and found that in those three particularly cases all three shooters loved a first person shooter game called “Doom”. Sternheimer also brings the issue of newspapers trying to paint the image that games are causing kids to kill with  headlines such as “Days of doom” and “Blood Lust Video Games put kids in the cross hairs” to be viewed as young killers. Another thing that Sternheimer points out is how People, politicians especially, are quick to point fingers and try to single out a scapegoat. Politicians are suppose to fix problems, in order to fix a problem essential to identify the problem, video games seem to be a very easy target for them. The number of violent crimes has been falling, but the public’s perception is that violence has increased but that isn’t the case.  In Fact in ten years since “Dooms” release which Orrin Hatch held up before congress as an example of how video games kill, juvenile homicide rates had fallen by 77 percent. AnalysisIn “Do Video Games Kill” Sternheimer uses a lot of pathos to appeal to the audience by telling sad incidents where children shoot up there high schools. This article is very intriguing  because it is actual research conducted by a PhD sociologist at USC.  Based on analyzing  newspapers and  FBI reports Sternheimer believes that video games are not one of the causes of youth violence. It is interesting and it raises an important question if we are focusing on a problem that we believe is raising  teen deaths rates but its false, then what are the real causes that we are failing to see because of that. Sternheimer talks about what she believes is really causing teen violence which she believes is “family violence, depression, and guns” (Sternheimer 206). This article shows how society works and the way the media works in this case all with video games as their target as a “contemporary folk devil”. Sternheimers also says that Even though Sternheimer may have some logical and she may have very good points that i would agree with but they do not help prove her point of the article. They only give other things to mix into the answer to the question why there are “young killers” (210). Sternheimer gives her audience ideas to look into but she doesn’t persuade the reader to go in a certain after reading this article direction.


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