Violence, Violence And Violence Essay

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Violence in the media has been heavily scrutinized for hundreds of years. After any publicized tragedy that includes violent behavior, some are quick to assert the idea that we are causing or at the very least contributing to these violent outbursts by glorifying violence in media such as movies, TV shows, and video games. It is estimated that by the age of 18, children will see more than 200,00 acts of violence and 16,000 murders on TV (Senate Committee). They contend that the violence seen by children and adolescents in their favorite TV shows and movies makes them more likely to participate in aggressive behavior. Two shows that perfectly exemplify society’s obsession with violence, are the old cartoon Tom and Jerry, and the popular action-adventure show The Walking Dead. Tom and Jerry is a children’s cartoon made in 1940 that stars two enemies, Tom, a cat, and Jerry, a mouse. They are notorious for getting into repeated fights that can involve some very violent acts for a children’s cartoon. The violence includes but is not limited to; electrocution, decapitation, being sliced in half, being whacked with various objects, being tied to lit fireworks. While it is famous for being one for the most violent cartoons made, the show never displays any blood or gore. Tom and Jerry is considered one of the most decorated animated series of all-time, as it has had six episodes nominated for Oscars and seven episodes winning an Academy Award (Tom and Jerry Online). Its popularity…

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