V IOLENT content in the mass media is a hot topic today. And in the 1990s. And in the 1980s. And the 1970s. And the 1960s, and back about as far as there have been mass media. The dime novels of a century ago were criticized for portraying excessive violence in print. Since then, films, popular music recordings of various kinds, and television have each been blamed for fostering additional violence in society, including “copycat” violence. There were even U.S. Senate hearings in the mid-1950s on the dangers posed by violent comic books (see Twitchell, 1989).