TV violence with dialogue

TV violence with dialogue - English 1B Section 4 Craig Lore...

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English 1B Section 4 Craig Lore 2 November 2010 The TV Remote is in the Parents’ Hands The challenger gets knocked to the ground! There’s a large gash just above his right eye. Blood and sweat is streaming down his face. That’s the match folks! Steve leaps from the couch in celebration as he watches his favorite fighter win the championship. On the TV screen, the losing fighter lays unconscious on his back while the medical trainer runs to his aid and temporarily patches the gash until he needs to get stitches. The arena is in chaos as they just witnessed one of the greatest UFC fights in history. Applause fills the atmosphere as the newly crowned champion runs laps in the ring lifting his championship belt over his head. “Whooo hooo!” Steve yells from the living room. “Yeah, look at that guy!” The camera focuses in on the man, who is now conscious, struggling to get to his feet. “Awh, that dude is messed up! Wow, that was such a great fight.” His wife Stephanie rushes to the living room to see what the commotion is about. “Awh, that is terrible!” Stephanie exclaims as she sees the blood still dripping from the fighter’s face. “I can’t believe people find it fascinating watching two guys fight like that. This is awful. Violence like that should not even be shown on TV.” “Steph, these guys are professionals at what they do. This is simply for entertainment.” “What are you talking about? That man was unconscious just a few moments ago and both guys have blood dripping from their face.” “Look, they have medical staff and trainers nearby for immediate assistance.”
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“Sure, but kids should not watch this kind of violence on TV.” Although this scene was made up, this argument portrays common opposing views of TV violence. According to L. Rowell Huesmann and Laramie Taylor in “The Role of Media Violence in Violent Behavior,” they conclude that “Research shows that fictional television and film violence contribute to both a short-term and long-term increase in aggression and violence in young viewers.” Finding the correlation between TV violence and its impact on young viewers has sparked a debate that has been going on for decades whether parents should allow their kids to watching any kind of violence. In an era where wrestling superstars and mixed martial arts champions are seen as
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