Negative Effects On Media Violence

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Register to read the introduction… Shows such as SouthPark, The Simpsons, and Ren and Stimpy are obviously violent and influential to the preteen and teenagers. What about cartoons that have been on the air for over 50 years. If aggressive behavior is to be contributed to the effects of media violence then how are we to explain cartoons such as Roadrunner and Coyote, Elmer and Bugs Bunny and Tom and Jerry. Not only are these cartoons full of violence they even glamorize it by letting children believe that you can kill something, yet it really does not die and it can be funny. So what undeniable proof is there that any of these movies or cartoons causes aggressive behavior in youth? The only explanation that has been given is in a paper by Erwin, E., & Morton, N. (2008). Exposure to Media Violence. They state that now 99% of homes have more televisions than phones and the majority of children have a television in their bedroom. They are able to watch unsupervised for long periods of time. 50 years ago this was not the case. The households mainly had 1 set that was watched by the entire family. Parents watched with their children and were able to explain that the violence was make believe. Children by the age of 5 now have been exposed to over 4000 hours of viewing and by the time they enter middle school have witnessed 8000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence on …show more content…
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