Media Violence Essay

579 Words Nov 14th, 2014 3 Pages
Mass Media
Essay
Period 9
May 18, 2011

Media Violence

Since violence in media has become more and more popular there has been controversy over the idea that being exposed to such violence can cause viewers to be more aggressive. Violence is the groundwork of many films, TV shows, and TV movies. Violence on screen is usually referred to as ‘action’. In a lot of cases, violence drives the story line. Rape, murder, or crime is used to begin a plot. If violence is the reason for the beginning of a story, there is usually more violence to come. There is an extraordinary amount of violence in media today because producers believe that it keeps audiences interested. TV violence rarely has consequences. There is a lot of fighting, but
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It is also true that young people are also more likely to be gamers. According to a 2001 U.S. Surgeon General's report, the strongest risk factors for school shootings centered on mental stability and the quality of home life, not media exposure. The moral panic over violent video games is twice as harmful. It has led parents to worry and become hostile toward the video games their kids may be playing.
Scientific evidence regularly links violent videogame play with teen aggression. Most studies found a correlation, not a causal relationship, which means the research could simply show that aggressive people like aggressive entertainment. James Gee, describes in his book, What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy, video game players as active problem solvers who do not see mistakes as errors, but as opportunities for improvement. He also believes videogame players search for newer, better solutions to problems and challenges; they are constantly encourages to form and test hypotheses. His studies go in the opposite direction of most videogame research. While most argue that videogames have negative effects on gamers, his research points out the positive effects.
There have been literally thousands of studies on the effect of media violence on people. Unfortunately, there is no universally accepted consensus that can tell us one way or the other if media violence causes people to be more aggressive, angry,

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