As we've reported, the BBC is to run a Panorama show next week that seeks to speak to "youngsters who are addicted to video games". Not content to call "addiction" where none has been proved, the program is now distorting film footage of young people playing games to sell the program.
Back in 2008 we reported on photojournalist Robbie Cooper's Immersion project in which he filmed the facial reactions of people to playing video games.
These included young people. Real life ones.
Back then, Robbie Cooper explained that, "It seems possible that there's a link between violent games and social aggression, bullying or exclusion; but whether the violent game is the biggest factor in that, it's hard to say. I think a lot of what has been said so far about the effect of media violence on children doesn't take into consideration the psychological make-up of individual kids, and how big an impact the different types of media violence have on different children."
Not a great deal about addiction.
Ben's video can be seen first. Then the BBC's promo for Panorama can be seen below. It uses the clever phrases, "For these kids, it's harmless fun. For some, its lure can become irresistible and casual use can become a relentless craving."
This really does not indicate an evenly balanced, objective study of gaming. It does indicate a very heavily slanted piece of lowest-common-denominator 'journalism'.
Such a shame. Panorama used to be quality journalism and spaghetti.
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Travis Touchdown2 Dec 2010 17:26
Are these kids taking a dump or what? Nice to actually SEE the American kids who have been questioning my parentage and sexual orientation for the last few years. Is that ALMA playing Saints Row/GTA?
Rod Todd2 Dec 2010 17:46
Seventies skater kid is a dood. No expressions for him. Cool!
JoesoMelono2 Dec 2010 21:14
Well I'm going to believe everything the programme says, it must be true. I've been playing games for years, (one of my faves being 'Rad gravity" on the nes) and its unbelievable the amount of times i've had to stop myself raping cats over this game.
config3 Dec 2010 12:42
Why is kid 1:55 crying? Was just physically forced to do something he didn't want to?
Default8 Dec 2010 06:55
Maybe they should ban coffee and tea, im addicited to that as well.
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