Made to Entertain

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Made to Entertain Professor Brock Coms 145 21 May 2008 Leong 1 Made to Entertain
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“Each day, an average of 65 people die from and more than 6,000 people are physically injured by interpersonal violence in the United States” (“Lungren”). The American media has a profound impact on our society, constantly changing our lives at all levels, from our intimate relationships to our work and home . Flashy, complex videogames and attractive, popular actors show exaggerated depictions of American society filled with sex, violence, drama, drugs, and gangs . Some are so intense that they blind us from the real world, drawing us in and changing our perspectives of the world . Children fall victim to this trap and are drawn to mature shows and games because of their popularity and drama. These children absorb the false, exaggerated information as real views and experiences, implementing them into their own lives . The media, with its assertive and convincing exaggerations, is training America’s youth to slowly become more violent and rebellious . The only way to prevent this is censorship, which is necessary to preserve our children and future generations from becoming too violent. Although some say the amount of violence in the media has decreased, reports have proven otherwise, The National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) study which found that the number of violent acts per hour in children’s programs has increased from 18 .6 to 26.4 since 1980 . Violence has integrated itself into our society and has become one of the main components of popular TV shows, movies, and videogames . Once popular shows such as “I Love Lucy” and “Full House”, both family-oriented with g-rated comedy, have been replaced by violent, dramatic shows such as “CSI” and “Law and Order”. Shows that depict a society bogged down with violence and crime . A report released by the Parents Television Council proves that “MTV viewers…are exposed to far higher levels of sex, violence, and other inappropriate behaviors then what is found during the final Leong 2
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prime-time hour of broadcast television .” Combine those findings with the fact that an average of 75% of teens between the ages of 12 and 19 tunes into “MTV,” and, it is no surprise that children are gaining access to more violence than any logical parent would allow (“Castelli”). Even younger children who innocently spend hours watching cartoons are exposed to
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