Media: Source of Today's Violence? Essays

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Media: Source of Today's Violence?

In recent years, intense scrutiny has come upon the entertainment industry with critics claiming that it has great influence on the minds of today’s youth. But, what exactly are the effects of such an influence? Certain people have exaggerated the effects that it plays on children. Many people, including government officials, have singled out television, video games, and movies as itthe cause of some types of violence simply because it is an easy target for laying the blame.

The truth is that these three media sources are nowhere near the actual causes for acts of violence and other crimes. Studies on the issue are, at best, inconclusive on the issue. Many people believe that
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Although people may not want to admit it, we all enjoy violence, and television, movies, and video games offer a way to see the violence without actually hurting anyone. If we censor or ban it, we will be forced to find our violence elsewhere.

Ever since the introduction of motion pictures about 100 years ago, people have been arguing over the content of what we see. With the mass introduction of television in the 50s, this issue was being raised again and again and when video games invaded the entertainment market, the issue of what society’s youth are subjected to was raised once again. These three entertainment industries have become huge over the last fifty years. The 1994 U.S. box office receipts totaled 5.4 billion dollars and the U.S. video game revenues totaled 10 billion dollars. Many children are spending one-third of their waking hours in front of a television screen and it is estimated that by the seventh grade, the average child has seen 7,000 murders and 1 million acts of violence on television (Mike Males p26). Those numbers are staggering to think about, but what does seeing these images actually do to a child?

More than 3 thousand reports on the issue have been made and most of the results of these studies have been inconclusive. Many studies simply conclude that seeing these images will make the child more aggressive only

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