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Rhe 309 state of the issue paper

Rhe 309 state of the issue paper - RHE309S David Charney...

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RHE309S David Charney How does Media affect children? State of the Issue Final Draft August 11, 2007 How does Media Affect Children? The rapid growth of technology and media is a fascinating phenomenon, but along with the wonder of it all come qualms from different groups of people. Questions that arise are: Is the media dangerous for our nation’s youth? Or should we just leave it alone because it doesn’t have an affect at all? I began asking myself these questions and wondered whether any of them are answered in the minds of children. Are they really affected or not? And if they are is it a positive or negative difference? It has simply not occurred to me that kids who cause shootings or commit crimes were actually influenced by television, video games or music. My feeling towards this is mixed. I do believe some kids are influenced by media, but those that commit massive crimes are mentally different from others and psychologically disturbed. However, some may be influenced in smaller, but still negative ways, like becoming materialistic, or defying their parents. This debate whether children are influenced by media has been happening since the invention of television. Even in the 1920s, radio before television, has influenced people through advertisements. It wasn’t until television arrived, that the trend of children being outdoors started to decline. Music today is more explicit than it used to be, but the main media that is highly criticized is television because it is visual and heavily used. The growth of television was at such a rapid pace that the Federal
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Communications Commission (FCC) had to regulate broadcast television very strictly in order to stop the overexpansion. There are three main groups to how people feel the media is influencing children or portraying them. The first group is the negative thinkers, the second group is the neutral thinkers, and the third group is the positive thinkers. The negative thinkers believe that children are being portrayed negatively in the media and are affected negatively. Children are either being ignored, or are seeing more gruesome crimes on television, listening to more explicit lyrics in songs, or playing bloody video games. This way of thinking would put a censor on almost anything that is remotely violent or has a curse word in it. The neutral thinkers, the second group, believe that media is only negative because they are keeping silent about many important cases just to gain more ratings, but it is not directly influencing children to become more violent. The third group, the positive thinkers, is open to all new kinds of vehicles in media. They feel that it is not media's fault that children are committing crimes. This group also believes that even with strict censorship, children will be able to get a hold of explicit media in some way or another. The negative group may have more people agree with their side, due to the simple fact that the government is the regulator of media and they program parents to
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