Societies Scapegoat Essay

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80SOCIETIES SCAPEGOATYouth crimes are on a continual rise. It seemsthat everyday violent offenders keep getting youngerand more aggressive. We turn on the news only to hearthat a ten year old mugged,shot,stabbed,beat or blewup one of his peers. With crimes on the riseinvolving children, people begin to look for a cause.Society, when looking for a scapegoat, becomes worsethan a blood thirsty lynch mob at a witch trial.Usually the most obvious source of violence within ahome is the television. However, in most cases it isnot the true cause. With the TV in the forefront ofvirtually every home in the civilized world, it's nowonder that it's the easiest target for criticism.It's elementary to blame the tube for a child'sbehavior; it's a quick and easily identified source ofviolence within a youths confined world. The TV manytimes is identified as the cause of aggressive acts toavoid dealing with other underlying issues. Societytoday has an entire array of different afflictionsthat plague us from day to day. The television is ofvery little significance alongside the landfill oftroubles that influence children today. Besides,trying to get networks to cut out violence andaggression entirely would be like trying to get JesusChrist to write a top ten list of reasons whyChristianity sucks. (It's not going to happen.)TV is not the reason that our youth courts arefilled to capacity with court dockets so hideous youwould swear that you were looking at the start of theapocalypse. Television programs are not the reasonfor the apparent increase in adolescent crime. If youfind yourself picking up your kids from the policestation all the time, it's not the TV's fault!!!There are no significant consequences for youth crimein our justice system. Maybe we should impose stifferpenalties on violent offenders, instead of morecensorship on TV. Kids would not have such a tendencyto mug, beat, strangle or shoot their peers if therewere tougher consequences for doing so.The Japanese are responsible for some of the mostviolent cartoons ever created to date. I mean thesethings make our R rated movies look like a walk in thepark. Japanese cartoons display bloodshed and druginduced murdering sprees as if they were nothing.Even with all this vicious behavior on Japanesetelevisions, the youth crime and aggressive behavioris one tenth of ours. How can this be? Because theJapanese have adopted a zero tolerance policy forcriminal behavior and reprimand criminals with avengeance. Japanese society realized that blamingthings like TV for violent behavior is unacceptable.Instead, the Japanese have taught their public thataggression in reality and on TV do not go hand inhand. (Or as I would say, 'it's not the TV'sfault!!!')A healthy amount of violence within children'sprograms in my mind is perfectly acceptable andnecessary. Violence in moderation teaches childrenabout situations that may be encountered outside oftheir home, and helps them to deal with suchincidents. Kids are aggressive...

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