Effects of Media on Society Essay

2820 Words Nov 25th, 2005 12 Pages
"Media Violence - American children and adolescents are exposed to increasing amounts of media violence, especially in television, movies, video games, and youth-oriented music. By 18, the average young person will have viewed 200,000 acts of violence on television" (http: //www.karisable.com/crssmv.htm) For the past thirty years, there has been a debate over violence is the media and whether or not that media violence leads to real-life violence. There are those who would say that yes, violence in the media has and will still lead to real-life violence and there are those who would say that no, the violence in the media does not cause real-life violence. The main concern on this issue of course the effect that the media violence …show more content…
Dre. Rap artists simply turned to a different distribution network and their CDs continue to hit the stores with lyrics which glorify guns, rape, and murder." (http://www.babybag.com/articles/amaviol.htm) Video games are the most recent of all mass media formats to come under fire recently by parent's groups and other organizations and are being blamed for the school shooting at Columbine High School. "Senator Joseph Lieberman (1998) stated recently that, ‘These games.... are part of a toxic culture of violence that is enveloping our children, that is helping to desensitize them and blur the lines between right and wrong, and encouraging some of the most vulnerable of them to commit violence"(Popular Video Games: Quantifying the Presentation of Violence and it's Content: Smith, Lachlan, Tamborini.). There are many different views about video games and the effects violence has on society as a whole. Many feel

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