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violence and the media

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SBS 200 November 27, 2007 Introduction The world appears to be becoming more violent every day. It was only a few decades back that the term “school shooting” even had any meaning. Since civilization has been around, so has violence. War and survival of the fittest have been are ideas natural to human nature. However, in recent times, random violence has become a huge issue. It seems that violence has become prevalent in our society ever since the media world took over. If media violence is a cause of real-life violence, some sort of policy should be put into place. Research has been going on for years to determine whether violence in television, movies, and video games actually causes people to be violent in real life. The fact that violent acts are made out to be normal behaviors in the media may be reflected in reality. Our society suffers from desensitization. We are so used to seeing violent images that we no longer view them as troublesome or problematic. We simply see them as normal. Things that were once seen as violent or gruesome now seem laughable. The problem with research on this topic is that it is difficult to determine the media as a cause for violent acts. While violent games and TV shows do not tell players and viewers to go out and hurt others, they make it appear as if it is acceptable to do so. Deciding on policy in media violence is a difficult issue. There are already so many violent images circulating through the media. Removing the most violent images would be a highly difficult task, especially as we are so desensitized to such things. Possible strategies are increasing parental supervision when children are watching television or playing video games. Ratings should be taken more seriously. Children should be taught that the world in the movies and television and in their games is not parallel to reality. Although such a policy is difficult to create, media violence is an issue that should not simply be ignored.
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McElaney 2 Journal Article #1 Anderson, Craig A., Berkowitz, L., Donnerstein, E., Huesmann, L. R., Johnson, James D., Linz, D., Malamuth, Neil M., Wartella, E. The Influence of Media Violence on Youth. Psychological Science in the Public Interest. December 2003. Volume 4, No. 3. pp. 81-110. Research on violence in TV, film, video games, and music does increase the likeliness of aggressive and violent behavior. Short-term exposure increases the likelihood of aggressive behavior (both physically and verbally) as well as aggressive emotions. Certain factors such as characteristics of viewers, social environment, and media content can influence the degree to which the media does influence the viewer’s behavior. The forms of preventive intervention suggested include parental supervision and media education.
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