Prose Reader Essay

1667 Words Nov 7th, 2013 7 Pages
Prose Reader “We Are Training Our Kids to Kill”

Understanding Details

1. According to Grossman, the “virus of violence” is referring to the increase of murder, attempted murder, and assault rates in not only America but many places around the world. Although the population has been increasing, both the assault and murder rate are significantly high. Grossman quotes, “Today, both our assault rate and murder rate are at phenomenally high levels. Both are increasing worldwide” (Paragraph 6) Then he continues giving examples of the rising assault and murder rates in different parts of the world. For example,” In Canada, according to their Center for Justice, per capita assaults increased almost fivefold between 1964 and 2002, attempted
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2. The techniques used in video games are similar to the techniques taught in military training in a sense that they both derive from operant conditioning. In military training, soldiers are taught to point and shoot in a split second as soon as something pops into the field of view. This same technique is reflected in video games, players are trained to shoot anything and everything they see. Grossman asserts that this technique uses a lot of stimulus repetition. He repeats, “Stimulus-response, Stimulus-response, Stimulus-response.” (Paragraph 34) In correspondence to this, he reasons, “We know that 75 to 80 percent of the shooting on the modern battlefield is the result of this kind of stimulus-response training.” (Paragraph 36) Thus the stimulus-response training in video games parallels the operant conditioning received in the military.

Discovering Rhetorical Strategies

1. Grossman’s purpose is to persuade parents about the dangers of the violence influenced by the media. He could possibly be requesting government action. For example, “When young children see somebody shot, stabbed, raped, brutalized, degraded, or murdered on TV, to them it is as though it were actually happening.” (Paragraph 23) By talking about the effects influence of

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