Did comics turn you into a juvenile delinquent?

I remember so well  all the commotion in the 50’s about comic books ruining the young generation. Of course, like most kids I was completely addicted to them – haunting the news stands until the next issue appeared. My parents also often voiced opinions that rock-and-roll music would last only a couple of years before people would forget all about it. They used to shake their heads at those small 45 rpm records, which were a symbol of how far we had fallen.

I really enjoyed reading this Op-Ed piece in the New York Times, which was written by Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard and the author of “The Stuff of Thought.”

Mind Over Mass Media

By STEVEN PINKER, Truro, Mass.

NEW forms of media have always caused moral panics: the printing press, newspapers, paperbacks and television were all once denounced as threats to their consumers’ brainpower and moral fiber.

So too with elect …

Continue reading … Op-Ed Contributor – Mind Over Mass Media – NYTimes.com.