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Television Influence

“Enter the Untouchables and Gun smoke. These violent action packed shows immediately captivated adult viewers. Motivated by the urgent need to try something different, networks stumbled upon the “violence formula”. This formula assumes that the more graphic and gratuitous the violence, the more viewers will watch. It works fairly well until real life becomes comparable to what’s on the screens. Then the novelty wears. And then the violence levels need to be increased,” (Grossman and Degaetano, 1999). Kids start watching violence at a very young age. Everyone says they want to stop the kid’s violence and they take all these actions like making programs and having assemblies, but one of the main sources is television. The shows children are watching daily, show violence all the time. Take cartoons for an example, the average child watches cartoon which always shows violence. The main problem with cartoons is that they show violence but not the real consequences of it. For example, one character kills another character but then in the next episode the same character that died in the last episode comes back to life. So kids never get the true understanding of death. This becomes a problem in schools because when one kid bullies another. The one being bullied might try to do one of the violent acts they learned in the cartoons and kill them not knowing that they won’t come back the next day. In one five-year study of 732 children, "several kinds of aggression, conflicts with parents, fighting and delinquency, were all positively correlated with the total amount of television viewing." (Anderson, 2000). A real life example of this is when the six-year-old boy who had been suspended from school earlier for fightin...

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