Programming: Video Violence Report

In one way, at least, the new television season is ahead of its time: by soft-pedaling assault and murder, it accurately forecasts the Federal Government's report on TV violence. The report, scheduled to be released this week by the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, links video violence to real violence, particularly in poorer families or families that are disorganized or culturally deprived. In those cases, "in the absence of family, peer and school relationships, television becomes the most compatible substitute for real life experiences."

The commission—a mixed bag of Congressmen, lawyers, educators, psychiatrists and sociologists—was established...

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