Last updated on: 2/18/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Adam Thierer, MA Biography

Title:
President, Progress and Freedom Foundation
Position:
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"
Reasoning:

“No correlation between video games and aggressive behavior has been proven. Moreover, almost every social/cultural indicator of importance has been improving in recent years and decades even as media exposure and video game use among youth has increased. Juvenile murder, rape, robbery, and assault are all down significantly over the past decade. Aggregate violent crime by juveniles fell 43 percent between 1995 and 2004. Meanwhile, fewer kids today are carrying weapons to school or are victims of violence in schools than in the past. Alcohol and drug abuse, teen birth rates, high-school dropout rates, and teenage suicide rates have all dropped dramatically as well… These results do not conclusively rule out a link between exposure to games and violent acts or promiscuous sexual behavior, but they should at least call into question the ‘world-is-going-to-hell’ sort of generalizations made by proponents of increased video game regulation. In particular, referring to video games as ‘murder simulators’ seems wildly off the mark. And common sense should tell us it really can’t be true. After all, millions of kids play video games every day of the week but don’t rush out and hurt people afterward.”

“Let’s Consider the Facts Before We Call In Government to Regulate Video Games,” pff.org, Apr. 5, 2006

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President, Progress and Freedom Foundation, 2009-present
  • Director, Progress and Freedom Foundation Center for Digital Media Freedom, 2005-present
  • Director, Telecommunication Studies, Cato Institute, 2000-2005
  • Intern, Adam Smith Institute, 1991
  • Fellow, Economic Policy, Heritage Foundation
  • Member, Harvard Law School’s Internet Safety Technical Task Force
  • Advisor, American Legislative Exchange Council’s Telecom and IT Task Force
  • Member, National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group
  • Recipient, Award for Outstanding Achievement, Family Online Safety Institute
Education:
  • MA, International Business Management and Trade Theory, University of Maryland
  • BA, Journalism and Political Philosophy, Indiana University, 1991
Other:
  • Writes at techliberation.com
  • Has lived in London, UK, Indianapolis, IN, Bloomington, IN, Washington, DC, and Princeton, IL
  • Briefly held record scores on Activision video games Stampede and Pitfall in early 1980s