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When you watch something so much it becomes a part of your life. You do not know the difference of it being “real” or just “TV.” In conclusion, violence in the media has been a growing problem for quite awhile. Mass media has the power to reach and influence almost every American. Radio, newspaper, and television are all means by which media reaches people. Through means of mass media, mostly television, violence is reaching Americas youth and turning our culture into a violent hungry society.
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In today’s society, American people worry too much about the wrong things and not enough about the right things due to TV news programs, TV talk shows, and how media focuses on showing the image of “bad guy” or villains based on race. News reporters play a significantly important role in scaring American people as well as causing them to worry about negative phenomenon. News programs inform people what are happening around them. However, do those news programs report events that are really happening or not? Roger Johnson, professor of school of Theoretical and Applied Science Ramapo College, illustrates that the news programs tend to select stories for their entertainment value because television is primarily an entertainment medium (210).
Americans have been blaming violent forms of entertainment since colonial times. From dime novels to music, to movies to television shows. The most recent medium are video games. Aided by crime-saturated news reports, a lot of people are convinced that video game violence transfers to real-life youth crimes like the school massacres. They think that violent video games make people violent, but that is not the case.
Determining an equal state of propaganda and governmental control of information has always remained a challenge for democracies. It seems that in this day an era the United States leans towards a more propaganda approach rather than remaining equal. War portrayal by the media plays a monumental role in how a community reacts to the situation; this was shown during the Vietnam War as support deteriorated due to the gruesome images that were displayed. The relationship between media and terrorism is a vicious cycle; “As media cover terrorism, they incite more terrorism, which produces more media coverage” (Biernatzki, 2002). As of today I do believe that there are policy implications of permitting journalists to have the same degree of access to information in the war on terrorism as occurred during the Vietnam War?