Media Violence Promotes Violent Behavior By Ed Donnerstein

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Like many other people, I can remember watching violent movies and television shows at a very early age. I watched everything from wrestling and the classics like “Scarface” and old episodes of “Gunsmoke” and “Bonanza” with my grandfather to the cut them up, bullets, blood and gore movies like “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th” with my cousins. I’ve been a big fan of them ever since. No one ever said anything about the violence we were exposed to mainly because at a very young age we were taught that there are consequences for the actions we take and just because we saw something on television didn’t make it okay to try it ourselves. I wasn’t a violent child nor were any of my relatives who watched the same shows. As a matter …show more content…
Violent entertainment is more accessible for children and it is talked about more openly now than it was in the past, especially with all the recent events in the news. One argument in “Media Violence Promotes Violent Behavior” by Ed Donnerstein, is exactly as the title says: “an argument trying to convince readers that the violence that Americans are exposed to in the media leads to the idea that aggression is acceptable and thus increases the instance of violent crimes. One of Donnerstein 's first points is that while media violence is not the only factor in causing youth crime, the Surgeon General acknowledged that it is a contributor to it. He then went on to describe how much and which kinds of violence are portrayed, highlighting the following facts: 61% of television programs contain violence, half of the perpetrators have qualities that children value, 45% of "bad" characters are never punished, and there is no immediate punishment for the violence in 75% of depictions, regardless of whether the violent person is meant to be considered "good" or "evil". To conclude his argument, Donnerstein lists ways that the negative impact of media violence can be minimized, including empowering parents to control what their children see on TV and on-line, teaching "media literacy and critical viewing skills" in schools, and designing movies to portray violence as a bad thing, not a glamorous

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