For this post I will be discussing an academic article entitled The Public Health Risks of Media Violence: A Meta-Analytic Review. This article examined 25 studies that took place between the years of 1998 and 2008 and attempted to verify their validity as a supporting piece of evidence for either side of the media violence question. The authors looked at publication bias and methodological problems for the field as possibilities for areas where issues would arise. The article found that both of these were issues which inflated effect size (that is media violence causing violent behavior). The authors took the liberty of adjusting to make up for the errors in research and found that there was little to no effect that media violence had on violent behavior.
This source will be a good resource when I am discussing findings of other articles that I find. The authors are credible (the article is posted on the Texas A&M website and also in The Journal of Pediatrics) and do not have a biased reason for publishing this article. I will also use their source list to find other sources that will help me analyze this relationship further.
Ferguson, Christopher J., and John Kilburn. “The Public Health Risks of Media Violence: A Meta-Analytic Review.” The Journal of Pediatrics 154.5 (2009): 759-63. Print.