Dog Wars and the First Amendment

A new app for Google’s Android phone is “Dog Wars.” The player takes the role of a thug who trains a pit bull to fight. In Denver television Channel 7’s coverage of the story, I explained that the First Amendment protects the right of the game producers to make and distribute the game, and also protects the right of people who criticize the game and attempt to convince Google not to distribute it. One part of the interview which didn’t make the final cut was my observation that game promotes prejudice against American Staffordshire Terriers, by reinforcing the myth that so-called “pit bulls” are inherently vicious and dangerous.