QUOTE(Looms @ Oct 23 2003, 09:01 AM)
Hi, everyone, this is my first post on AD (though i have been reading posts on here for about a month).
Welcome to AD, Looms. Hope you enjoy it here.
IMO, this is the epitome of shifting blame and just general stupidity. Anyone can blame anything for their actions, but that doesn't necessarily make it so. In fact, there is yet to be a proven link between violent media and actual violence. Anyone that looks at a game and gets "inspired" to kill, has serious problems that have nothing to do with the actual game.
I would tend to agree with you if it were someone outside saying this about the kids. But they said it themselves. Even so, say the game did give them the idea for shooting cars and trucks on the roadway. As you say, they were probably more or less inclined to this kind of action to begin with, and they are ultimately resposible for their actions. Putting it off on a video game or TV show, is to deny free will.
This is the McDonald's coffee lady all over again
This is the only problem I have with your argument. Because the McDonald's coffee lady story probably isn't what you think it is. A few facts:
McDonald's knew it was selling coffee anywhere from 20 to 30 degrees hotter than anyone else. A temperature (180-185 degrees) which could cause 3rd degree burns 5 times faster than at at 160 degrees. In fact they had settled about 700 incidents over the same thing in the decade prior to this incident. The average settlement in each case was about $100,000.
The lady had never sued anyone before. She only did, this time, because after suffering 3rd degree burns that required skin grafts, and months of medical treatment, asked McDonald's to cover her medical expenses, in the tens of thousands of dollars. McDonald's offered her $800.
Yes, the jury awarded her almost 3 million dollars. What isn't widely known, is that a judge decreased tha amount of the award to $480,000. This was not a case of the judicial system gone mad, it actually worked pretty well.
Links to stories about this can be found here
, and here