Violence shmiolence

"The Media Violence Myth," an article by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes, has been posted on the Web site of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression ( The article and accompanying interview assert that the "solid cultural consensus" that "violent media make kids violent" is wrong.

Rhodes maintains that charges of a causal connection between media violence and violent behavior, which spurred adoption of the V-chip, are unsupported and that a key violence study used to buttress those charges consists of a statistically meaningless survey. The Web site planned to post a response from study co-author, L. Rowell Huesmann, over the weekend.