The Research That Led to the Comics Code Authority Was Faked – Neatorama

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Next time you see the National Rifle Association blaming computer games for mass murder, think on this:

In 1954, the psychiatrist Fredric Wertham published The Seduction of the Innocent, a summary of his studies on the impact of comic books on the moral development of children. He found that comics, as they were published at the time, greatly contributed to juvenile delinquency.

Dr. Wertham’s book led to popular outrage at the comic book industry. In order to avoid government censorship, the major companies in that industry adopted a screening organization called the Comics Code Authority. The CCA greatly reduced the violent and sexual content of mainstream comic books.

If you’re not already angry, this may push you there: Dr. Wertham fabricated much of his evidence.

via The Research That Led to the Comics Code Authority Was Faked – Neatorama.

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