Circle Of Blame Analysis

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Imagine this: You’re sitting at home and you receive a phone call from your child 's school. He has been suspended again for violent behavior. You bring him home and proceed to yell at him, and penalize him by taking away his video games. While rambling on about his comportment, you accuse games such as Grand Theft Auto and Halo for bringing violent behaviors upon him. After a few weeks, your child receives his games back with a rigorous warning not to let it happen any more, and the cycle begins once again. The issue of Violence in the Media has become a go-to subject in most debates. Parents are fighting to get programing with mature content sempiternally blocked from the media, claiming that it is the media 's fault for emboldening violence onto the youth. Truth is, media is not …show more content…
According to Thoman, “The circle of blame results from a complicated web of ratings and economics that combine to create a system in which each party feels powerless because “somebody else” has created the problem and therefore, “somebody else” should solve it.” (Thoman, "Reading Room | Center for Media Literacy"). This kind of approach shows itself straight onto a dead end. In this circle of blame, the viewers inculpate the writers and creators of the shows. From there the writers/producers say that the producer require violence in programs in order to get them financed. Next, the producers blame the network for demanding action in order to get ratings. Then the network executives proceed by blaming the competition and blame the advertisers for being dependent on the ratings. Lastly, the advertisers say it’s all up to the viewers. With this seemingly never ending circle of blame nothing will get solved. Instead of passing the problem around, parents should claim the responsibility and address their child’s behavior, by showing what is and is not appropriate behavior to act

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