Viacom’s TV channels went off the air for 17 minutes during national walkout over gun violence

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A number of major Viacom channels, including Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon went off the air today to recognize the national student walkout in schools across America protesting gun violence. The channels went off the air for 17 minutes from 10AM to 10:17AM today.

BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, the Paramount Network, and TV Land all went off the air for precisely 17 minutes earlier today to honor the 17 students killed last month in a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Thousands of students around the country walked out of their classrooms today, exactly one month after the Valentine’s Day shooting. Many marched outside the White House and on Capitol Hill, some joined by pro-gun control lawmakers. Survivors from the…

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White House Video Game Violence Discussion Fails to Move the Needle

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President Donald Trump on Thursday met behind closed doors with several top video game industry executives, association representatives, politicians and others to discuss video game violence in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last month. Among the scheduled attendees were Strauss Zelnick, CEO of TakeTwo Interactive Software, and Robert Altman, CEO of Zenimax Media, where Trump’s younger brother Robert sits on the board.
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Here’s all the games in Donald Trump’s ‘violence in video games’ supercut

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Earlier today, President Donald Trump met with game industry executives and their critics to talk about the link between video games and violence, a topic many of us got sick of discussing years ago. Trump reportedly opened the meeting by showing a supercut of bloody video game deaths, remarking “this is violent, isn’t it?”

But precisely which games does the Trump administration think may be inadvertently training the next mass shooter? Since the video is now posted on the White House YouTube channel, we can tell you that among other things, he’s apparently pretty worried about Call of Duty.

Here’s what we’ve found in the video:

  • The death of Call of Duty: Black Ops character Joseph Bowman (2010)
  • A collection of scenes from Call of…

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The White House meeting on video game violence was unproductive and bizarre

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‘There is some programming that contains just absolute mind-boggling violence.’

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For the people in the back: Video games don’t cause violence

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Video games do not cause violent behavior. There is no scientific, consensus-backed research supporting the idea that playing video games — even bloody, realistic shooters — leads to real-life acts of brutality. However, this misguided theory prev…
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Video game industry says it will meet with Trump this week to discuss violence

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The Entertainment Software Association, the lobbying arm of the video game industry that also oversees the medium’s content ratings system, confirmed today that it will in fact meet with President Donald Trump this week, according to Rolling Stone. The meeting, which will involve discussions of violent games and real-world gun violence, will take place on Thursday, March 8th. It may include representatives from the world’s largest video game publishers and developers.

The ESA, which contends that there is no scientifically proven link between video games and violent crime or behavior, includes representation from Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Nintendo, Sony, Take-Two Interactive, Warner Bros. Entertainment, and Ubisoft, among others. It…

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Trump will meet video game execs to discuss school violence

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A variety of potential actions have been discussed to limit school violence in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL last month, from the uninspired option of raising the minimum age of potential gun-buyers…
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’League of Legends’ pro suspended 20 months for domestic violence

Back in October, League of Legends player Li "Vasilii" Wei Jun livestreamed alleged domestic abuse against his then-girlfriend. The Chinese team Newbee immediately terminated his contract and the League Championship Series launched an investigation….
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Netflix’s Punisher would be timely if it had anything coherent to say about gun violence

It’s hard to imagine a worse time for a Punisher TV show. A little over a month after one of the worst mass murders in American history, in a country where mass shootings come at the rate of roughly one per day, the arrival of Marvel Comics’ favorite gun-wielding, spree-killing angry white man on Netflix is awkward, to say the least.

The Punisher has always been an antihero, a not-quite-good guy with a gun whose motivation for murder is initially sympathetic: bad guys killed his family, and justice has to be dispensed. When the Netflix series begins, however, he’s fresh from completing his quest for vengeance, and everyone on his original hit list is pushing daisies. If this were a movie, we’d be at the end, and it’d be time for Frank…

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Twitter’s new hate and violence policies go into effect November 22nd

Just a couple of weeks ago, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey responded to the #WomenBoycotTwitter movement on his company's microblogging platform with a promise to help Twitter "take a more aggressive stance" toward hate speech and sexual harassment. A few…
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