Learn From The Past
On the night before his execution, Ted Bundy sat in a quiet room talking to Dr. James Dobson, psychologist and media personality, about the effects of pornography and violent media on his life. He stated that at one time he had been an upright person, a scholar, but pornography had pulled him away. He had become someone he no longer knew, someone people were afraid of, a monster.
How did this evolution begin? No one knows for sure, but one thing is certain. The effect of violent media on the mind is so complex, apparent and real that no one can deny it.
Many said Bundy was not remorseful but only wished to try to gain some sort of clemency for his acts. The point is that he shared his road to destruction with the world that night, warning others that a kid can become a killer if exposed to violence in media at impressionable ages when other factors are in place.
One interesting fact Ted Bundy revealed during this interview was that every single person Bundy knew in the Florida State Prison had been exposed to pornography. They were addicted to it, as he was. They acted out their addictions on others.
What about the countless young people exposed to less obvious forms of unhealthy media, such as gun violence, fighting and brutality? What effect is this having? Have you noticed an increase in gun violence on school campuses? Could violent movies and games put the thought of violence in children’s heads?