Essay Violence in the Media
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An examination of violence in the media and its social ramifications.
The thesis of this paper is that media justifies its obsession with violence as a way of educating the public, but instead television images make an impact on human behavior by encouraging violence and even false claims of violence and stalking, particularly domestic violence. The writer provides a definition of violence in the media. It then gives examples of certain shows which are classified as particularly violent and why these receive top ratings. The writer also provides research results of the American Psychological Association on the impact on human behavior.
“Ever since television was invented, one of the biggest concerns was the impact of sex and violence that was shown in the American homes. What was considered violent and caused major concern many years ago, such as argument between a parent and child, is seen on the Disney channel today. No one can avoid or deny the increase of violence or the fact that violence has a brand new definition. A punch in the nose from a classmate use to be considered fighting or violence, but now is just an inconvenience. A few years ago school shootings had become a major concern for everyone, even for those who have no kids were very hurt by the Colorado school shooting, stunned at the possibility of this happening in America. Everyone loves children and younger high school kids. If school shootings are not enough to worry about, there is now concern over terrorist attacks, which can happen to anyone at anytime. Other forms of media violence includes the O.J Simpson Trial, the Jerry Springer show, and shows that include bodybuilding models-such as Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. The media justifies its obsession with violence as a way of educating the public to learn how to protect themselves, but instead television images make an impact on human behavior by encouraging violence and even false claims of violence and stalking, particularly domestic violence.”