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Conflict And Anger In The Article "Violent Media Is Good For Kids" By Gerad Jones

853 words - 4 pages

In the article “Violent Media is Good for Kids,” the author Gerad Jones argues that bloody videogames, junk culture, and other forms of imaginative violence help kids, stating that it gives them ways of dealing with conflict and anger. Jones points out how the Incredible Hulk helped him learn to release his anger and mature. Throughout the article Jones gives examples and scenarios he has experienced. Although jones argument does present some legitimacy, he still leaves doubt if channeling their fury through violent media is the right answer. Some may argue that the author’s opinion is weak and unsound.
Jones discusses his past mentioning how in his early childhood. He was taught by his parents to suppress his deepest fears and anger all while being sheltered from reality. That is until his mother was persuaded that violent comic books were not detrimental to children and could actually benefit him, since they are aimed at juveniles. From there on out the incredible Hulk became the person he emulated and helped him develop become a writer due to the hulks characteristics, “Unafraid of his desires and the world’s disapproval, unhesitating and effective in action” (230-231). Later throughout his life Jones would again notice how his own son would overcome small obstacles in his life from attending preschool to climbing a tree. That would all be contributed to envisioned ideas, raging from being a blood thirsty dinosaur to Tarzan (231). Throughout several school shootings Jones decides to conduct a research to prove that violent stories due indeed help prevent these incidents and provide alternate modes for kids to vent their frustrations. Further on he mentions how the world is unpredictable, and by mastering control of anger it serves a purpose of recognizing emotions and how to deal with them. Instead of expressing to children how urges for violence and killings is wrong to conceive of.
Jones article is directed towards parents to easy parents into understanding that if their kids partake in violence avenues it is not as terrible as imagined. He supports his stance by using personal data as a parent, and former child. As a young child Jones was shy, and antisocial. None of the following qualities helped him achieve his potential until he was introduced to the world of violence, in the form of comic books. He states that without it he would never have overcome being antisocial “I followed him to new friends other sensitive geeks chasing their own inner brutes and I followed...

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