Violence in the Media Essay

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Violence in the Media

America has become the most violent nation in the industrialized world. The many violent images seen in movies and on television on a daily basis, though not the only cause, are a strong contributing factor.
There are those that feel the point-of-view from which the audience views the violence varies directly with the way the scene affects them. A film's perspective determines the audience's reaction. In "slasher" films, for example, the point of view shifts between the attacker and the victim. So the audience feels the terror of the victim and the lust of the victimizer. If the viewer shares the experience with the victim they feel helplessness, fear, and also the rage that comes with being attacked. However,
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The study involved efforts from media scholars from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill among other schools. The study found that violence is often presented in ways that could harm viewers. Perpetrators go unpunished in 73% of all violent scenes. This should be of great concern because when violence is presented without punishment, and oftentimes with rewards, viewers are more likely to learn that violence is successful. In addition to the perpetrators going unpunished, in 47% of violent scenes no harm is actually shown to the victim. In 58% of scenes no pain is shown. In only 16% of programs that portray violence the long-term negative affects such as psychological, financial, and emotional harm are shown. There are programs that show violence but emphasize an anti-violence theme by condemning the violence. Sadly these are a rarity, only accounting for 4% of all the violent programs on television. (Media Violence, 1999)
Although it's not likely for people to be lured into a life of violence by seeing a body on TV or a barroom fight, the context of the violence is important. When violence seems justified it is more likely to be imitated, and look at how much of the violence we see on television seems

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