Maggie Cutler creates a very thoughtful piece that does acknowledge that today’s media is violent in some ways, but can we fully blame the media for the destructive mannerisms that have developed? With any study of effects, there are so many factors that come into play. One cannot fully blame the media for what they see in their children. Cutler mentions the different studies that have taken place to analyze the effects of media and try t prove that the media is the cause. Cutler was able to point out certain details that show that the conclusions are not fully valid. Cutler states, “Although the Stanford study- perhaps to stay popular with granters- is being promoted as a study on media violence, it is really a study of media overuse, self-awareness, and the rewards of self-discipline. Its clearest finding wasn’t that media violence is always harmful but that too much mediated experience seems to impair children’s ability to interact well with other people” (688). Another factor that could be included are the economic background, situations, etc. of the child. A person with greater means does not have to worry about going into danger for fast money, or wealth. “Nevertheless, his ecology model of how juvenile violence emerges from complex, interacting factors means that hyper-aggressive, “asset poor” kids are likely to be harmed by graphic depictions of violence, while balanced, “asset rich” kids are likely to remains unscathed” (Cutler 687). Another factor that could be included is the exposure that the kids have to violence. In general, the environment can play a big part in a child’s life. When children show an aggressive emotion, they could be, “express[ing] feelings they already have, or are they in it for the adrenaline” (Cutler 686). In summation, children are able to know what the difference of real and unreal is. They know when a show makes a joke or not. “Even media seen or understood as real – news, documentaries, interviews – will have more impact than that which a kid knows is make- believe” (Cutler 689).