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Old January 30th, 2013   Bagged & Boarded is offline   #1
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Default Has anyone here ever read Seduction of the Innocent by Wertham?

Like most comic book fans I have known about this book and it's place in comic book history since I was a kid. Never read it though and am kind of interested. Anyone here read it? Is it an interesting read? In an historic sense I mean.
 
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Old January 31st, 2013   TJLamb0518 is offline   #2
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Yes, but over 50 years ago. Bulls and that book share a component.
 
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Old January 31st, 2013   Mackaybear is offline   #4
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Yes, but over 50 years ago. Bulls and that book share a component.
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I read it too. But back in 66' and while a lot of details escape me, I'd have to agree about the 'Bull byproduct' comment.

His reasoning is spurious. It's like saying all juvenile delinquents ate Peanut Butter as young children so obviously Peanut Butter causes delinquency.

Wertham's book was picked up by a few politicians and used to stir up controversy to further their careers
 
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Old February 1st, 2013   Amentep is offline   #6
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I read it too. But back in 66' and while a lot of details escape me, I'd have to agree about the 'Bull byproduct' comment.

His reasoning is spurious. It's like saying all juvenile delinquents ate Peanut Butter as young children so obviously Peanut Butter causes delinquency.

Wertham's book was picked up by a few politicians and used to stir up controversy to further their careers
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Indeed, his methodology was definitely flawed, IMO.

He never bothers to investigate if there's any distinction between his sample population (delinquent kids) and the total population. If 90% of the kids in the US read comics and 90% of the kids brought in as troubled read comics...there's no distinction in the populations that he can make a comparative basis. So the foundation of his work (essentially anecdotal evidence) is used to make a grand leap that comics are the problem without looking any further (or even looking at kids in general to understand why the populations were different).

That said, I was glad I read it since it was such a seminal point in comic history. And I got a laugh over his chapter on the evils of television.
 
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Interesting modern analysis of Wertham's "research" - http://news.illinois.edu/news/13/021...rolTilley.html
 
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I've wanted to read this book for a long time. Is there a way to read it? I know what he said was hoccum, but I'm just interested in see WHAT he said exactly.
 
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I checked it out at a Library, myself.
 
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