Medical researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have confirmed that anxiety changes brains (see article here), that it leads to the development of anomalous neurological growth and behaviours not seen in the brains of non-chronically-anxious people. And as a result these people act differently in the world - for starters they are anxious, fearful of situations ranging from overt noise to very subtle environmental changes such as a musical tone.
Anxiety disorders disrupt lives, cause suffering and may greatly diminish a person's ability to learn, to obtain or hold a job or be in relationship with others.
Is producing anxiety an acceptable trade-off for a business model of mainstream media that does indeed generate anxiety in children, anxiety that may lead to a chronic disorder?
I think it's a lousy bargain, for children who are vulnerable to the egregious act of glorifying violence in mainstream media newscasting, and also for our society that annually channels millions of dollars into providing health care services for people with mental and emotional challenges.
Calling out the CRTC and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters to address this won't fix all anxiety disorders, far from it. But it will save some Canadian children, and taxpayers, from potentially lifelong hardship.
And that's a good deal.