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From: Ross Olson [ross{at}]
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: Hidden causes of violence

In the discussion of violence, there are two glaring omissions and one glib denial. Research shows the
strongest predictor of violence in a young man to be absence of a father in the home. Further, since
the 60s, academic relativism has gone mainstream as, It may be wrong for you but not for me. The
cover-up smells of ulterior motives and political correctness to which the media are reflexively
committed. The only real wrong is to offend somebody, so pointing to irresponsible fathers and
victimized single mothers might cause them to take issue with investigative reporting of family
breakdown. And values clarification has gone so deep that it is not even perceived as a choice. This
makes it more understandable that the entertainment industry, contrary to all common sense and
experience, clings to the claim that media violence does not make a difference.

Ross S. Olson MD

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