The Kids Are All Right

A while back I wrote about Steven Johnson's “Everything Bad is Good For You”.  Previous posts of mine demonstrate my mixed feelings about video games .

Today the LA Times printed an open letter to Hillary Clinton about the Grand Theft Auto scandal, written by Johnson.  I personally think it's dead on, assuming his facts are legitimate.

A sample paragraph:


I'd like to draw your attention to another game whose nonstop violence and hostility has captured the attention of millions of kids — a game that instills aggressive thoughts in the minds of its players, some of whom have gone on to commit real-world acts of violence and sexual assault after playing.

I'm talking, of course, about high school football.

Boo-yah!  Read.

–YY

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