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Bully Pulpit

The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Natural Born Regulators

If the only movies you had ever seen were Natural Born Killers and Sin City, you might conclude that all movies contain excessive violence. But would that really be a fair assessment of all movies? Of course not. But that’s essentially what’s going on with video games in America today. A few violent titles are being used to indict an entire industry.

In particular, clips from games like Grand Theft Auto and 25 to Life are often shown on TV or during press conferences when critics are advocating government regulation of the video-game industry. In fact, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if those two games are mentioned during Wednesday’s hearing on the regulation of violent video games in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution.

Adam Thierer

The nanny state marches on.


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