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Rampage attacks and media violence

History[]

Pulp and horror literature[]

Action and horror films[]

Even though in the early 20th century the discussion about the influence of media violence on violent acts in the real world mostly focused on the so-called "bad literature" at least since 1913 the connection has also been made with films, when a certain Dr. H. H. wrote in a German gun magazine:

"Not the horrible deeds by the rampage killers of Bremen and Mühlhausen [meant are Heinz Schmidt and Ernst August Wagner (ed.)], but the ever increasing number of shootings by criminals and adolescent, by bloodthirsty wild west stories and cinematograph presentations depraved boys demand urgent measures."[1]

Rock music and heavy metal[]

Violent video games[]

References[]

  1. Nicht die grausigen Taten der Amokläufer von Bremen und Mühlhausen, sondern die sich stets mehrenden Schiessereien der Verbrecher und halbwüchsigen, durch blutrünstige Wild-Westgeschichten und Kinematographenvorstellungen verdorbenen Burschen erheischen dringend Abhilfe.
    — H., H.: Nochmals die Regelung des Waffenverkaufes, in Schuß und Waffe, Vol. 7; J. Neumann., 1913. (p. 72)
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