Grand Theft Childhood

Game couch.com has an interesting interview posted with Dr Cheryl K. Olson, who was part of a Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts sponsored study into the influence of violent video games on children. However, what was revolutionary about the findings is that children are not lead down the path to nihilistic lifestyles by games like Grand Theft Auto, and are instead using games to manage their feelings. Dr. Olson, discusses in the interview some of the really truly bad science that has been undertaken by psychologists and scientists regarding this issue that has done little but serve political ends. Really a great read and a breath of fresh air in a debate that has used science to voice the same tired blaming that comics, rock and roll, and television have be accused of and scapegoated over.