Cultivation Effects

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Studies have shown that there has been an increase in the amount of television viewing especially among children, teen and young adults. This has been attributed to the fact that the programmers in this modern age have turned to provide what they perceive this group of people would be inclined to view. According to Paquette, Gosselin and DeGuise (1997), most of the cartoons that are classified among the leading in violence. This is because most of these cartoons have the greatest percentage of violent scenes that are mostly designed suitable for boys. George Gerbner came up with several effect of heavy and light television viewing. There are more effects beyond those identified by Gerbner and they shall be the topic of discussion in this essay.

Tendency Toward Violence

The number of cases that keep being reported on violence is alarming. In Canada, due to an increase in the number of cases that had been reported concerning violent acts by people especially those in urban areas, a law was formulated to help the media houses re-program their programming to try and reduce the cases (Paquette, Gosselin and DeGuise, 1997). It was noted that this was brought about by an increase in the amount of content coming from America, which is recorded, to be leading in violent television programming (Paquette, Gosselin and DeGuise, 1997). This tendency can be seen since there is increase in aggressive behaviors like hitting, pulling hair and clothes, and kicking among others (Wagner, 2004).

Approval of Violence

It is not very clear why the society is turning to approving violent behaviors but it is happening (Paquette, Gosselin and DeGuise, 1997). In the works of Heath and Petriatis (1987), it is noted that the society slowly developed the a...

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...and tendency towards violence that were not addressed. Light and heavy television viewing of violent oriented programming have effects that are adverse. People have turned into applying what they see on television in real life and the consequences are truly evident.

Works Cited

Wagner, C. G. (2004). Aggressive and Violent Media. The Futurist, 38(4), 16. Retrieved June 4, 2011, from ABI/INFORM Global. (Document ID: 653010121).

Heath, H., & Petriatis, J. (1987). Television views and fear of crime: Where is the mean world? Basic and Applied Social Psychology 8(1&2), 97-123. Retrieved June 4, 2011, from, Academic Search Premier.

Paquette, G., Gosselin, A., & DeGuise, J. (1997). Violence on Canadian television and some of its cognitive effects. Canadian Journal of Communication, 22(2), 143. Retrieved June 4, 2011, from ABI/INFORM Global. (Document ID: 393953081).

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