A Practical Approach to Television Violence

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A Practical Approach to Television Violence As difficult as this issue is, I believe it can be addressed. My report shows that some progress has already begun in several areas. Attention needs to be focused on how and why some programming has begun to move in the right direction and why the rest has not. "What this issue needs, more than anything else, is cool heads on all sides of the problem: the network executives, the creative community, the government, researchers and advocacy groups. All sides need to worry less about how each development affects only them and instead look at the needs of everyone."(U.C.L.A. 5) In the broadcast world, the four television networks, ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, have begun to get the message about television violence. The programming they completely control, series and television movies, has, for the most part shown some promising signs and now reflects, on the whole, relatively few issues of concern as compared to other network television formats. I contend that this is a result of consumer pressure, rather that governmental regulation. The violence contained in the most disturbing television series is minor in comparison to that contained in theatrical films shown on network television. And that violence, edited as it is, is tame compared to films shown in theaters, in home videos and on pay cable. Today, we see few programs with violence as their central theme. More programming uses violence well or does not use it at all. The public seems to be responding. Of the top 30 shows of the season, only two are listed as raising concerns about violence. It is possible to create popular programs that do not resort to inappropriate uses of violence. Ad... ... middle of paper ... ...ommunications and Finance of the Comm. on Energy and Commerce,103d Cong., 1st Sess.(1993); Hearings on Bills to Regulate TV Violence Before the Comm. on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, 103d., 1st Sess. (1993). S. 1383, 103d Cong., 1st Sess. 3 (1993) (introduced by Sens. Earnest F. Hollings (D,S.C.) and Daniel K. Inouye (D,Haw.)). S.973, 103fd Cong., 1st Sess. (1993) (introduced by Sens. Byron L. Dorgan (D,N.D.) and Kent Conrad (D,N.D.)); H.R. 2159, 103d Cong., 1st Sess. (1993) (introduced by Rep. Richard J. Durbin (D,Ill.)). S.943, 103d Cong., 1st Sess. (1993) (introduced by Sen. David Durenberger (R,Minn.)). H.R. 2888, 103d Cong., 1st Sess. (1993) (introduced by Rep. Edward J. Markey D,Mass.) Judicial Improvements Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101,650,501(c),104 Stat. 5089, 5127 (codified at 47 U.S.C. 303c (Supp. IV 1992)).
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