Violent media is impossible to avoid in our everyday lives. Violence comes in many popular forms of entertainment including movies, books, video games, etc. Is it really okay for kids to be exposed to this type of violence or is it decreasing their intellect? Violent media can be a vital factor in regards to a kid’s intellect. I agree with both Jones and Graff’s claims that there is always an opportunity to improve/advance your intellect by engaging in activities you enjoy.
In Gerard Jones’ “Violent Media Is Good for Kids,” he emphasizes that violent media is healthy and beneficial for children while making reference to his own life. Jones’ English teacher parents kept him sheltered most of his life believing that violence was wrong (Jones 372). In school, he lived the life of “the loner” because he was shy, timid, and was not allowed have the same interests as his peers, due to his strict upbringing (Jones 372). To his surprise, Jones discovered Marvel Comics and identified with the character, the Incredible Hulk, who mirrored his fantasy self (Jones 373).
Jones insists that comic book violence has helped him develop into a stronger individual, inspired him to become a writer, and led him to a path full of success. Jones states “I followed him to new friends—other sensitive geeks chasing their own inner brutes—and I followed him to the arrogant, self-exposing, self-assertive, superheroic decision to become a writer” (Jones 373). The nature of Jones’ statement is that the Incredible Hulk inspired him to move on to bigger and better things, making him find himself and blossom into a butterfly from a caterpillar. The Incredible Hulk gave him confidence that allowed him to explore a deeper side of himself that he had never seen before (Jones 373). He found friends that had the same interests as him, which made him feel outspoken and that he finally fit in, leading him to a life full of happiness.
After telling the reader how violent media molded him into a better person, he then continues to explain why he thinks violent media is good for children by referencing his son. When his son was in the first grade, his friends were climbing a tree. His son was afraid of multiple factors regarding tree climbing. Jones takes his own approach by giving his son old Tarzan comics (Jones 373). For two weeks, his son was glued to the comic. He then grew the confidence and power to go out and climb the tree without apprehension. Jones’ example claims that violent media instills confidence and the superhero perspective makes a child feel strong and powerful (Jones 373). In reality, most children feel powerless, small and puny because of their size and lack of experiences.
I can agree with Jones one hundred percent on his view that violent media has positive effects on kids. Through stories and movies, children can meet their emotional and developmental needs. They have the opportunity to grow and can improve their intellectual abilities while...