To fully comprehend these questions we must first understand what is meant by violence in the media, and whom it effects, if anyone at all. Also, did violence in the media come first, or was it derived from violence in the ‘real world’? There are arguments that can be stated from both sides. Some say that escalation of violence in society is a symptom of deteriorated value systems and poor parental instruction. Others say, and this is backed up with factual evidence, that violence that is seen on television, in the movies and in video games is directly linked to the violence in society.
This article focuses on the potential emotional effects that graphic television news stories have on children viewing them. The other article, “Report of the Media Violence Commission,” provides a more detailed look at how violence in the media impacts Americans of all ages; it shows the results of several studies that prove the effects are often negative. This article also addresses the risk factors, evidence of the effects of violent media, and ways these effects can be lessened. Walma Van Der Molen showed me that children become stressed or anxious after watching traumatic television news events; and “Report of the Media Violence Commission” showed me that being exposed to media violence in the form of television, internet or video games can increase the possibility of people becoming aggressive. I believe the media can have negative consequences on people in its portrayal of violence, but sometimes the use of violence is necessary to prove a point or to broadcast news.
They single them out because they have violent images and suggestive themes and therefore believe that these will create violence in real life. When a violent crime is committed by a youth, the crime is often blamed on the television or the movies that the youth watched or the video game they just played. Many people will start thinking this is true, based on the fact it seems like a plausible explanation. People will start trying to censor violent images and possibly even ban them. But, by censoring the images it will just make people want to see them more.
According to the article, Violence in the Media, written by the APA, it provides information on how ferocious television episodes can affect a child’s senses, feelings, and attitude. To be more specific, it can make them become numb, frightened, and more pugnacious due to the amount of violent TV they watch. Furthermore, according to the same article, the APA also wrote, “By observing these participants into adulthood, Huesmann and Eron found that the ones who'd watched a lot of TV violence when they were 8 years old were more likely to be arrested and prosecuted for criminal acts as adults.” Psychologists L. Rowell Huesmann and Leonard Eron held a study that concluded that the result of watching violent television can lead to jail and criminal actions. This will also cause a child to become more aggressive and therefore will become a nefarious person. All in all, the American Psychological Association decided that violent television can shape a child’s disposition.
However there has been a lot of controversy over whether or not violent media links to violence in real life. Most people believe it is just used for entertainment, nothing else. Others believe, with the recent shootings and bombings, that the violent media links to theses events. Violence in media is just a risk factor that can cause aggressive behavior among observers. So to an extent, violent media does cause violence in real life; however, knowing the difference between reality and fantasy is also a factor.
The high amount of violence contained in each game has risen one question to the surface of everyone’s mind, can media violence lead to the real thing? Even though we are continuously surrounded by violent films and games, most people would say violent media leads to a violent lifestyle, but I myself do not believe that. Jim Carrey, a famous actor and comedian, is one who believes exposure to media violence can lead to the real thing. According to an article in the New York Times
The Media exists in almost every aspect of people’s lives and exposure to violence in the media is becoming a large concern. People are exposed violent acts in the media everyday between video games, movies, and television. Parents are distressed over the fact tha... ... middle of paper ... ...nst TV violence; they only regulate language and sexual content (Brown,2). The American television industry and movie industry are very prude regarding sex and language, but very permissive on the topic of violence. Many movies that have brief glimpses of nudity, or more than one use of profane language get rated R, yet action flicks with thousands of killings in them are rated PG-13 (Horn and Zeitchik, 2).
Many people believe that children who watch violent television programs exhibit more aggressive behavior than that exhibited by children who do not (Kinnear 23). According to the results of many studies and reports, violence on television can lead to aggressive behavior in children (Langone 50). Also, when television was introduced into a community of children for the first time, researchers observed a rise in the level of physical and verbal aggression among these children (Langone 51). The more television violence viewed by a child, the more aggressive the child is (“Children” 1). Television violence is also a cause of both violent and aggressive behavior in teenage boys.
Another study done in 2012 at Brock University looked at 1,492 kids from the ages of 8-18 and showed that there was a connection between playing violent video games for a long period of time and an increase in violent behavior. A Japan study showed that children that played violent video games during the beginning of the school year showed more aggressi... ... middle of paper ... ... For example, I have ADD and I play violent video games and I’m not exactly a violent person and I don’t have any problems sleeping at night. It’s not fair to blame games when the people who commit these crimes clearly have, or had, some kind of psychological problems. I think they should drop the idea of violent video games being the cause of these crimes. In my opinion, these games don’t affect people, and if they do, it won’t affect anyone to the point where they would do anything like what these criminals have done.
The media and entertainment play a very crucial role in our perception of violence in society. Exposure to violence in the media, including television, movies, music, and video games helps us construct our own perspective on violence. According to Joel Best, his theory on random violence states that random violence and violence, in general, is patternless, pointless, and leads to the deterioration of society. Many examples can be given from national and international media coverage on various random violence acts. There are many sides to the debate about whether or not violence in the media affects us and how prevalent it is in our society.