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Breaking news from CBS.  A study of 2000 American teens revealed the astonishing news that kids who sext are more likely to be having real sex than kids who don't send obscene photos of themselves to their friends.  What's next?  A study revealing that people who eat three meals at McDonalds are more likely to get fat than people who eat real food at home?  Next, they'll be telling us that people who watch violent pornography are more likely to commit sex crimes.  Wait, no, that can't be right.  What you read and watch has no influence on your character, attitudes, or behavior.  That's why people spend so much time and money on video games, porn, and bad music, but it does not affect anyone except the cynical producers who get rich from destroying the minds and morals of their fellow-Americans.

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming is the former editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors' Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and four grandchildren.

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