Television: Ending Mayhem

How many killings will the average American child see on television as he grows from age five to 15? No one knows for sure, but a frequently cited study done by the National Association for Better Broadcasting* estimates that a child will see some 13,000 violent deaths during those formative years. With the increase in the number of violent crimes committed by juveniles becoming a national nightmare, concern about the relationship of TV violence to teen-age violence has sparked a plethora of studies. In 1972, the Surgeon General issued a $1.8 million five-volume report concluding that yes, indeed, TV carnage can...