13. Should I Let Him Watch?

A Father's Philosophical Perspective on Popular Media

  1. Lon S. Nease PhD, MA2 and
  2. Michael W. Austin associate professor3
  1. Joshua Baron MA

Published Online: 13 AUG 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch13

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone

How to Cite

Baron, J. (2010) Should I Let Him Watch?, in Fatherhood - Philosophy for Everyone (eds L. S. Nease and M. W. Austin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444324464.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Cincinnati, USA

  2. 3

    Eastern Kentucky University, USA

Author Information

  1. Temple University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 AUG 2010
  2. Published Print: 24 SEP 2010

Book Series:

  1. Philosophy for Everyone

Book Series Editors:

  1. Fritz Allhoff

Series Editor Information

  1. Western Michigan University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330311

Online ISBN: 9781444324464



  • dilemmas for dad;
  • Should I Let Him Watch - a father's philosophical perspective on popular media;
  • TV-MA program, V designating graphic violence;
  • video game rating system, the cautious parent - paying attention to even more vague descriptors;
  • popular media, expanding - not just television, film, and video games;
  • influence and effect of popular media - the scary violent popular media;
  • causal hypothesis theorizing a causal link - viewing violent popular media and actual violent behavior;
  • denizens of Bikini Bottom - slapping, when they are smacked or get smacked;
  • edification hypothesis - learning something good from watching something bad;
  • catharsis hypothesis - I'm so mad I should pretend to kill you


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Y, E10+, G, Y7, eC, E, PG?

  • The Causal Hypothesis: Baby See, Baby Do

  • The Edification Hypothesis: I Learned Something Good from Watching Something Bad

  • The Catharsis Hypothesis: I'm So Mad I Should Pretend To Kill You

  • Conclusion: The Decision, Like Fatherhood, is Full of Ambiguities

  • Notes