Apr 15, 2009

Candid Interview With 'Grand Theft Childhood' Authors

I had the privilege of interviewing the highly impassioned authors of Grand Theft Childhood, a book that has spurred tremendous debate on the possible correlation between violent video games and real-world aggression. In the interview, I discuss with Dr. Lawrence Kutner and Dr. Cheryl Olson many topics that I'm sure has been on the mind's of many gamers out there - especially given how prevalent the topic of video game violence has been lately in the media.

We explore many pressing topics such as whether exposure to violent videos can result in increased levels of aggression, how the increasing sophistication of graphics and it's depiction of violence is impacting our children, and we also delve into whether video games should play a role in the social development of children. We even dabble a bit on sensitive topics such as the Virginia Tech shooting, and the tragic tale of Brandon Crisp.

Trust me when I say this, some of their responses will surprise you.


Clinton said...

I finally got a chance to watch this video. The two authors have done a great service to video gamers who are tired of the one-side conversation taking place in the mainstream media. They are peddling fair, common-sense research... who'd thought it was possible? I wish them all the success with their book. I feel they'd be preaching to the choir but even I'm interested in reading it.

Paul Hunter said...

Hey Clinton,

I've read through Grand Theft Childhood and highly recommend it. I really appreciate how Dr. Lawrence Kutner and Dr. Cheryl Olson took measures to reduce their personal biases before beginning their study. It's truly one of the few objective research papers out there that explore the topic of video game violence. Not only is it informative, but it's also an enjoyable read. After the interview I spent another 20 minutes or so speaking with Lawrence and Cheryl about personal gaming annecdotes. It was an amazing experience - and one that I will never forget.

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