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The St Louis Court Brief: Debating audience 'effects' in public

Particip@tions Volume 1, Issue 1 (November 2003)


No. 02-3010, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Brief Amici Curiae of Thirty-three Media Scholars* in Interactive Digital Software Association, et al. v. St. Louis County, et al.

On Appeal From a Judgment of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division

September 24, 2002


□ Part 1 *Scholars joining the Brief
□ Part 2 Table of Authorities
□ Part 3 Interests of the Amici Curiae & Summary of the Argument
□ Part 4 Argument
  I: Research on violent video games has not demonstrated real-world harm
  II: Media-effects research overall has not demonstrated that violent entertainment causes real-world harm
  1. Most studies have negative results
  2. Occasional positive results do not establish real-world harm
  III: The functions of fantasy violence
□ Part 5 Footnotes
□ Part 6 Appendix: Bibliographies of the Amici