Aggression - behavior in people some studies have shown a relationship between short-term aggressive behavior and media depictions of violence 2

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Aggression, Violence, and the Media • Violence is portrayed in music lyrics, music videos, video games, cartoons, television shows, and movies. A 1996 report found that 85 percent of premium channel shows, 59 percent of basic cable shows, and 44 percent of broadcast channel shows included at least one act of violence. • Such media images may desensitize individuals to violence and serve as models for violent behavior. Exposure to television violence is associated with increased aggressive behavior and decreased sensitivity to the pain and suffering of others. • There are a number of ways to understand the connection between mass media images and real-life violence: 1) Although most scholars do not believe that the media directly cause aggressive
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Unformatted text preview: behavior in people, some studies have shown a relationship between short-term aggressive behavior and media depictions of violence. 2) Other studies have suggested that the media may actually prevent acts of violence by providing people with an outlet for pent-up feelings and emotions. According to this cathartic effect hypothesis , the media offer people a vicarious outlet for feelings of aggression and thus may reduce the amount of violence engaged in by the media consumer. 3) Still other analysts have suggested that continual depictions of violence tend to desensitize viewers and create values that contribute to aggressive behavior and feelings of fear and frustration....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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