Sometime in the 1980s, ABC's television news magazine 20/20 did a special report on VHS horror films and their supposed negative influence on children.
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While there is always reason for concern about the messages about violence and gender that children and adults consume in visual media, reports like these were and continue to be more about sensationalizing the issue, playing to the fear of parents, and creating a false sense of nostalgia for the good old days when things were better and more wholesome. To a lesser extent, the same thing is happening today with video games. The full extent of such cultural trends can be seen in what happened over 50 years ago with the debate over comic books that led to the death of horror comics and the creation of the comics code.