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Teens And Violence Reaction Paper

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Over the years, crime rates have risen dramatically. A big part of this is due to the violent behavior that is installed in our population since the teen years. Being a teenager is a very difficult phase of a person's life. They have to decide what and who they are going to become. This is a time in a young persons life when many things can influence them, without them even noticing. There are many social factors that influence the violence and crime rate.In Bowling for Columbine, the movie ridicules many of the events and people portrayed throughout the film. However, Moore shapes the viewers thoughts about guns during this film by appealing to their emotions with events such as the Columbine massacre, Kayla Rolland's murder and the issue of how the United States has the most deaths by guns. He makes his points by giving us examples of what happened at the Columbine High School massacre. The Columbine High School massacre occurred on Tuesday, April 20, 1999 at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado, near Denver and Littleton, Colorado, in the United States. Two teenage students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, carried out a shooting rampage, killing twelve fellow students and a teacher, as well as wounding twenty-four others, before committing suicide.Michael Moore stated that the media had a large say in the lives of the shooters, because like most teenagers, they spent a great deal of time in front of the television, or on the computer. Harris and Klebold had used the Internet to open a blog-type site where they would post new levels of the very violent game "Doom". As time went on, they also started posting guides on how to make ammunition and weapons. Later on, the site started showing sign of Harris and Klebold hatred towards society, by containing a hit list of teenagers from their school, who they did not like.Michael Moore tried to lessen the violence in the US. He interviews Dick Hurley, the producer of the show Cops, and suggests to him a less violent approach for the show. Dick Hurley proudly announces that the content of their show draws in the ratings and that it catches people's attention when they see the scandalous scenarios. In another incident Moore happens to be walking down a street in the inner city of Hollywood when a news crew pulls up. He tries to talk to part of the news crew while they are hustling down the street to catch a clip of a man with a gun. He tells the news crew that they should film the pollution in the Hollywood Hills, but the crew doesn't say anything back to him and walks away. By making these confrontations with the different media sources Moore allows the audience to see first hand that the news really only cares to cover all the violence that happens in our society and ignores the good or the obvious. This plays up on the fear factor in people. The Hollywood sign up in the hills cannot be seen from a certain distance away because of the smog that hides it, just like how our television shows...

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