Researchers have long denied the connection between video games and gun violence ̵
A new report released Monday in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture (pdf) combines two experiments that are similar Conclusions: People rather believe that video games trigger violent behavior when the suspect in question is white.
However, if the suspected shooter is black or Latin, it is assumed that the violence is a consequence of their upbringing: the neighborhood They grew up in or in the way their family raised them.
As Technology Review writes, participants in an experiment were asked to read a fictional account of an 18-year-old shooter allegedly obsessed with video games. "
Half of the participants received a mug shot with a young black man, the others received a picture of a young white man. The students, 88 percent white and 65 percent female, "were asked to rate their approval of two statements … that the perpetrator's story of playing violent video games was likely to have an impact on his crime and that of the Offenders played a role Crime had nothing to do with violent video games. "
According to Technology Review, the study's co-author, Patrick Markey, the researchers found that the likelihood of participants associating video games with violent whites is" low but statistically significant "is suspect as blacks.
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However, the second more meaningful experimentation you may do with Lexis Nexis is to search the media coverage of filming for keywords. In analyzing thousands of articles on shootings over the last 40 years, the researchers found that video games in articles were eight times as likely to be mentioned when a suspect was white.
James Ivory, one of the authors of the study and researcher at Virginia Tech, implicitly cited bias as a reason for the differences.
"There are many of us out there who think we do not have a racist cell in our bodies, but we are happy to consider certain statements [for violence and crime] about others," he told Technology Review.
Chris Ferguson, psychology professor at Stetson University, explained this as follows:
"For an African American or a Latino man, it's not video games; It's urban crime or gang violence, and we should expect that in those neighborhoods, "says Ferguson.
"But if you look at a white kid from a reasonably wealthy neighborhood, you're more likely to see external attributions for committing the crime," he says. "People are asking," What would make a nice white kid commit a crime like this? "They believe that something has falsified them and experts, it provides cover to feign concerns about the problem without doing anything substantial (read: gun control).
But it also works on a racist level: media and consumers Violence among black and brown adolescents is pathological, while young white men are "corrupted" and made inappropriate to commit violent acts, and this subtle or unconscious framing supports one of the most penetrating facets of the white supremacist Ideology that sees the white as virtuous before it is allegedly contaminated by external circumstances.