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ERIC Number: ED060662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Mar-21
Pages: 6
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Opening Statement; Hearings on the Surgeon General's Report.
Pastore, John O.
The opening statement of Senator John O. Pastore for the hearings on the Surgeon General's Report on Television and Social Behavior is presented. His first few comments are directed toward summarizing the history of the report and of the Scientific Advisory Committee, with some remarks about the selection of the Committee. The critical importance of acquiring knowledge about television effects is stressed, and the need for more research in areas outlined in the Report by the Scientific Advisory Committee, such as a clinical psychological approach, is supported. Pastore requests and encourages critical readings of the Report by the scientific community so that scientific opinion on both sides of the issue is thoroughly explored. And finally, the importance of television as a principal socializing agent for children as pointed out in the Report is suggested as an area where the television industry can take the initiative and imaginatively produce programs to upgrade the cultural environment. Pastore's statement after the hearings points out that there is a causal relation between televised violence and antisocial behavior, and requests the establishment of a violence index to measure the amount of televised violence entering American homes. (SH)
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