The Parents Television Council, one of the foremost media watchdog orgs, issued a statement today praising the industry for taking action to remove violent programming in the immediate aftermath of the Connecticut tragedy.
But they questioned why such moves should be temporary.
PTC president Tim Winter said, “If a television network changes its
programming because of content that could be insensitive today, why would that
same content be appropriate at a later time? If a music mogul makes a
passionate plea for civility, why would there be a later time to profit from
lyrics and videos that eschew civility? If producers and performers rightly
question whether their industry is complicit in creating a violent media
culture that feeds real-life tragedies, why would there be a later time to
produce and distribute more of it?”
He also said that the link between media violence and behavior was established in a study of children and violent behavior.
“The entire business premise of
entertainment media is the behavior change of the consumer,” he said. “The ability to
influence behavior does not end when the advertisement is over and the program resumes.”
Winter’s complete statement is below: