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I think a superb addendum to the literature on agressive behaviour and violence filtered from the perspectives of neuroscience, philosophy, ethology,psyhcology, anthropology, media studies and cultural studies is the two volume (specially the second):
Hurley S. and Cheater N. (eds), Perspectives on Imitation: From Neuroscience to Social Sciences (Vol. 1 and Vol 2.)MIT Press.

Great to see you blogging, Jeremy. I think one of the best (if incendiary) books on the 1A/violence intersection is Collins and Skover's Death of Discourse. Collins & Skover basically dismiss the traditional justifications for expansive 1A protections (democracy, discourse, etc.) as ruses designed to cover far more sinister processes. Whatever one thinks of the argument, they deserve a wider hearing than they've gotten.

Also, I think Jon Hanson has martialed some good evidence here, building on the classic Galbraithian themes on the manipulation of wants...though I suppose the entertainers would say that their craft is ultimately parasitic on a certain sensitivity to violence--for without some empathic identification with the characters, who cares?

I'm not sure if this is correct, but I remember reading sometime back that the link between TV violence and actual aggresiveness is a bit of a myth. Not in the sense that it doesn't exist completely, but rather that it is not just violent television that has this effect, but *any* substantial amount of television watching. It is perhaps possible that those children who regularly watch violent television display slightly more aggression, but as far as I know the real culprit is television itself. Again, this is just something I remembered reading---I have no specific source on this. Thus feel free to correct me.

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