Archive for the ‘Media Violence’ Category

Violence in the media is becoming more of a concern in our society everyday. Many people speculate on whether television programming corporations have become to lenient on what they are showing on television these days. Many parents are also apprehensive when it comes to violent video games for their children and whether they are being rated accordingly. The idea that violent video games, movies and television programs are effecting how violent an individual (primarily young children) may be, has been the topic of research for many research teams, some believing it does and others saying that it has minimal to know effect on an individual. Professor L. Rowell Huesmann at the University of Michigan reports, “that fifty years of evidence show that exposure to media violence causes children to behave more aggressively and effects them as adults years later.” (Media awareness Network) Huesman believes that if a child is introduced to violence at a young age and continues to play or watch violent act as they age they are definitely signficant affects in the way they behave and they are more prone to acting in an aggressive manner in their adult lives. On the other hand, Jonathan Freedman at the University of Toronto places confidence in the idea that media has no effect on an individual, he argues, “”the scientific evidence simply does not show that watching violence either produces violence in people, or desensitizes them to it.” (Media Awarness Network)

The reasoning behind why it proves to be so difficult to measure the effects of violent programming is simply that it not easy to measure or define. For example George Gerbner of Temple University defines violence as, “the act (or threat) of injuring or killing someone, independent of the method used or the surrounding context. Accordingly, Gerber includes cartoon violence in his data-set” (Media Awarness Network) Whereas Guy Paquette and Jacques de Guise professors from the University of Laval do not include cartoons as part of their research because it is made to be comical and unrealistic. (Media Awarness Network)

Because of multiple beliefs on what is truly violent and what proves to affect individuals and doesn’t finding a conclusion on the effect of media violence proves to be an ongoing endeavour. But it is clear to see that compared to 10 or so years ago what is being said on television or radio stations is much more vulgar and offensive, but is that okay for our day and age? Or will we find that in another 10 years from now everyone will be aggressive, belligerent people?


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