ENGL 1895 01
23 September 2014
The Effects of Media Violence When was the last time the television could be turned on without individuals being exposed to some form of violence? Violence is seen in movies, reality TV, throughout news networks, and more. It seems as if media is aiding in a worldwide violence craze. Because media is the biggest source of advertisement and promotion, it has become incredibly easy to influence people in our society, more importantly our youth. According to the American Psychological Association, there are three major effects the media has on youth in our society. The effects include: children being less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others, more fearful of the world
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The fact that media violence is a major impact on the way their child behaves never occurs to parents. For example, in 1999 one of the deadliest high school shootings took place at Columbine High School. Had the parents of the Columbine shooters regulated their teen’s media consumption, it is possible that the Columbine incident could have been prevented. The Columbine shooting is listed as one of the most severe school shootings in history, along with the Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech shootings. Evidence revealed that the two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, enjoyed violent movies and loved playing “Doom”, which is a video game from the 1990s. (Economist, “Killer App”) “Doom” is a violent video game that required heavily armed characters to use shotguns and rocket launchers to get rid of legions of zombies and demons. Some people believe that exposure to media violence may have been a key factor to the massive school shooting. It is clearly evident that the two students showed no sensitivity to the pain and suffering of others. Under the same circumstances, the two teenage students took part in an extremely aggressive and harmful incident. Both in which are relative key components that are consequently caused by media violence exposure.
As the violence in media seems to remain constant, so does the rate of violent crimes throughout the United States. It seems as if people care less of the consequences in which committing