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"Grand Theft Childhood" – reactions to the book

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Harvard professor Lawrence Kutner, co-author of the popular book “Grand Theft Childhood” took time to have an interview with Open Education, a site that tracks changes in education in the world today. He discusses reactions to the book that have been written or broadcast and also speaks a little about GTA IV.

It’s always good to know that there are people out there that are conducting proper research into the effects of videogames on gamers. In this interview he addresses many of the reactions and comments that have been passed in the media about their book as well as a few notes on GTA IV.

He goes on to speak about actual reactions to the game as opposed to the ideas that are being put into people’s and parents’ head by the media, saying “Most of the parents we spoke with who had actually seen a GTA game recognized that it was satire. Their concerns were not this type of knee-jerk reaction, but were more nuanced, such as whether their children would understand the essence of that satire and the cultural allusions.”

You can check out the full article here.

source: Kotaku

Last Updated: May 19, 2008

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