- SAN FRANCISCO, California, United States
- March 05
- At Backward Messages, Beth Winegarner gives you the straight story on all the influences you’ve been told will turn your teen violent: the occult, violent video games, heavy-metal music, and more.
Winegarner is a San Francisco author, journalist, and mom writing a book for parents on the most controversial teen influences and why they’re a healthy part of growing up.
MY RECENT POSTS
- In Ridgeway death, “goth”
is scapegoated again
November 04, 2012 05:15PM
- Do video games make teens
aggressive, or do aggressive
teens like aggressive games?
October 15, 2012 03:47PM
- How RPGs make you more
confident & successful
October 12, 2012 04:42PM
- Is World of Warcraft good
training for politics?
October 08, 2012 11:54AM
- Kids keep telling us that
heavy metal is good for them.
So why don’t we listen?
October 04, 2012 06:50PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks, ChillerPop! It's
always nice to be an
September 28, 2012 02:16AM
- “GypsyAngel, I think
you're on the right
September 18, 2012 09:15PM
- “Brazen Princess, I have,
and I don't agree with
May 04, 2012 09:52PM
- “Thanks for your comment.
If you follow the links in
article, and read some
March 22, 2012 04:06PM
- “Aha. Nope. I'm not sure
who that is, but it
February 20, 2012 05:48PM
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Sensationalist media have had a field day with Austin Reed Sigg, Jessica Ridgeway’s alleged 17-year-old killer.
A new study finds that teens who play violent video games are more aggressive than those who don’t. Or does it? Photo by Flickr User soleface23.
In light of Monday’s post about the negative flak directed at Maine Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz and her WoW alter-ego, I thought it would be nice to end the week with his video from the PBS “idea channel” on the benefits of role-playing games — and how they can/… Read full post »
Maine candidate Colleen Lachowicz, left, and her WoW alter-ego, Santiaga.
Politics is dirty business; everyone knows that. It doesn’t have to be, but that’s how it is. As an elections draw near, rivals have the choice to debate each other on the issues, and set themselves apart from thei… Read full post »
Heavy metal: it’s good for your kid. Photo by Flickr user rolle-.
Lately, there’s been a spate of commentaries on heavy-metal music, particularly from young fans who want to sing its praises. On this, my 200th post for Backward Messages, I wanted to share some of those perspectives. Afte… Read full post »
Did video games make Peter Charles John Jensen, left, shoot his wife? Did Satan make Christopher Roalson, right, stab an elderly woman to death? If not, why are police, prosecutors, and the press mentioning it?
A mural in Chicago’s Logan Square. Photo by Flickr user Zol87.
This morning, Poynter.org hosted a chat with Carl Bell, acting director of the Institute for Juvenile Research and a professor in the University of Illinoisâ€™ Department of Psychiatry and in the School of Public Health, on how jou… Read full post »
Have we not come very far, or have we gone backward? This cartoon, by Danny Shanahan, appears in the Sept. 24, 2012 issue of the New Yorker.
I was under the impression that society had, to some extent, moved beyond the idea of witches and Wiccans as old, green, scary… Read full post »
Some of South Africa’s police officers will be trained as occult specialists. Photo by Flickr user ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd.
The South African Police Service is apparently training some of its officers to become “occult specialists,” according to a leaked memo. South African pagans are n… Read full post »
Poland’s Father Aleksander Posacki with the debut issue of a new magazine devoted to exorcisms, called Egzorcysta.
A new study finds that kids who play video games that “glorify” reckless driving are risky drivers in reality. What if it’s the other way around?
You can tell the universities are back in session, because suddenly video-game studies are hitting the news again. This time, a cadre of… Read full post »
Do first-person shooters boost gamers’ pain tolerance? One study says yes.
In universities nationwide, researchers are still prodding the effects of video games on human players. Do games make us violent or agressive? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Do they have positive effects? How do t… Read full post »
This is the trailer from West of Memphis, the upcoming documentary about the West Memphis Three, directed by Amy Berg and produced by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Damien Echols (one of the Three), and Lorri Davis (Echols’ wife). It comes out on Christmas Day, 2012.
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises”: not a goth.
A small article crossed my path this week about a violent break-in in Denver. Police say man forced his way into a woman’s condo, stabbed her, and left. They described him as “dressed in goth attire.”
Hmm… Read full post »
A band performs at the Heavy Tune Metal Festival at Nile Country Club in Cairo, Egypt, in July 2011. Photo by Flickr user lokha/Lorenz Khazaleh.
I have a new piece up at SF Weekly’s All Shook Down blog today: Don’t Blame Heavy Metal For Alleged Baltimore Shooter Bobby Gladden.
Anders Breivik: the Oslo shooter is “sane,” and going to jail.
On Friday, major news emerged from Norway: Oslo mass murderer Anders Breivik is going to jail, and has been declared legally sane.
From the beginning, attorneys have argued over Breivik’s metal state at the time of the… Read full post »
After a Tashkent graveyard was desecrated, Uzbek police arrested young goth men. But goths say they didn’t do it. Photo by Flickr user eastwords.
As teachers look for ways to bring video games into the classroom, a law-enforcement leader says they’re making teens get stabby.
Electronic Arts’ Medal of Honor site now links to sponsor sites — where you can buy guns similar to the ones in the game.
Regular readers know that I don’t believe there is any relationship between people who play violent video games — even for hours a day — and… Read full post »
Polish Catholic extremists say Demon — and Darski — are promoting evil.
Polarizing singer Adam Darski, also known as Behemoth frontman Nergal, is back in the news. This time, it’s because he has elected to become the face of the Demon energy drink in Poland. As usual, his Catholic… Read full post »
After a body was stolen from a mausoleum in a NJ cemetery, police and the press blamed Satanists and Palo Mayombe. Photo by Flickr user scottnj.
At first, it sounds like something out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or a low-budget horror flick: in late July, thieves broke into the… Read full post »
There’s no need for this.
It’s rare, and very sad, to have three mass shootings in the news at the same time. Yesterday in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Wade Michael Page opened fire in a Sikh temple, killing six congregants and wounding others, including a police officer, before police shot and… Read full post »
A UK LARP gamer gets ready. Photo by Flickr user Bifford the Youngest.
Denmark: Land of Vikings, Beowulf, Niels Bohr, MÃ¦rsk ships, GSM phones, and … live-action role-playing?
In a land of 5.5 million people, roughly 100,000 LARP in some fashion, according to a recent article from TIME writer… Read full post »
Judy Byington’s book, Twenty-Two Faces, resurrects the disproven ideas of multiple personality disorder and Satanic ritual abuse.