Media Violence has been discussed and debated for many years. Authors, such as Jonathan L. Freedman reveal issues that reveal how corporate storytellers are less concerned with imparting positive cultural values than they are with making great sums of money. These multimillion-dollar corporations know violence is a major profit boost and use it indiscriminately to increase their income. Unfortunately, among the consumers of this unwarranted violence are young children and teenagers who observe and absorb its content. As the teens and kids continue to watch and read these violent images depicted in music and film, detrimental effects obtain will their judgment, attitudes, and behaviors.
Many studies have been conducted provide proof claiming that the media is responsible for much of the violence seen on the news. Since the mid 1980’s, violence in the United States dramatically increased, and researchers provided a tide link between media violence and societal violence. (Oxford Press1) Violence on T.V is seemingly glorified, honored, and celebrated in the media and gives teens the perception that violence is normal and widespread in one’s society.
Studies and statistical data has been recorded and analyzed not only in America, but also in other parts of the world. In Canada, most households have more than one television set. In 1986, “98% of homes had a television” (Liebert & Sparfkin, 1988). Based on Liebert & Sparfkin’s research, at only six months an infant will spend about 50% of the time watching TV. At age two, the child will devote approximately 78% of the time watching children programs. (Liebert & Sparfkin, 1988) In this day and age children programs are not the same as they used to be, for shows such as Dragon Ball Z are increasing in their violence. At that age the child will attempt to imitate what she see’s happening in real life than the one on TV. However, by the time the child reaches the age of five, he/she will attend 95% of the time to a kids program and will “imitate a television model to the same extent as a live model.” (McCall, Parke, & Kavanaugh, 1977)
Based on Abigail O’ Connell’s article, “the negative messages kids receive via the media have an injurious affect on their psyche and can create serious societal problems” (Abigail O’Connell, 2010). Thus later affecting their values and behavior. Teens who spend an excessive amount of time strapped by their couches watching media violence may carry out violent acts when they're at school. About 32 percent of students report being bullied during school according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (Youth Violence, 2010) Children and teens that bully others are more likely to get into fights with classmates, vandalize property, skip school and drop out of school. We have witnessed a plethora of shootings by high-school students in the past few years. For example, the Columbine High School massacre that took place on April 20, 1999, two seniors decided to...