Professor Hae Sung
Tuesday, April 2014
Violence in the media seems to affect many children and young adults in our society and this should be a concern to parents. It seems like violence plays a role in the lives of many people. Many innocent children are affected by the negative things that happen in the world we live in. Violence seen in television is overlooked a lot of the time because TV is usually a tool that is used to keep children entertained so parents can have time for themselves and most of the time the kids are unsupervised. Consequently, the kids may watch what they want and a lot of the times they are exposed to unnecessary violence. I believe that this is a major problem and has a great effect on the children and eventually can affect their lives.
The effect of violence in television and the effect of violent behavior is cause by video games in children. Most television channels try to protect themselves and deny their involvement in childhood violence. Sadly, there seems to be a correlation between the two and this may be one of the reasons why there is so much shocking violence in America. . A psychology professor of Iowa State University, Craig A. Anderson did a study on the effect of violence video games on aggressive behavior where he explains, “that exposure to violent video games increases physiological arousal and aggression-related thoughts and feelings. Playing violent video games also decreases pro-social behavior.” (Anderson).
For example, in the last couple of years we have seen shootings and stabbings in schools and college campuses, as well as in Movie Theater and malls. The youngsters are being born into a world where everything is on their hands where, photos, videos, messages, video games, rap songs, of which for the most part keep them separated from what they supposed to do, and their home or their school. The communication and the technology is expanding through the entire global community.
In today’s society the storytellers are hardly ever the parents, the grandparents, or the teachers. Instead, the media always has a bunch of advertisement and broadcasting about something to sell. I would like to see more educational programing for kids, but one thing I can admit is that the media industry has become part of our culture and believe it or not is part of our identity. The media has become global business domination. Many psychology professors, scientist, and sponsors of childhood have being studying the effect of media for couple decades. Even after many decades of study, it is now that the public has aroused to debate this problem. The question is: What has change over time? And, I think that the answer is that we must ask ourselves wether or not our type of entertainment displays more violence than what we used to do in the past. For example, in the past kids used to play more outside where they were more active or in their homes with toys. All I can say...