Media 's Influence On Violence Essay

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George Orwell once said: “[Sport] is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence. In other words, it is war minus the shooting”. Violence in today’s sports occurs when people do not discuss their issues and resort to the violence to solve their problems1. The violence in sports is not limited to players, it includes coaches, referees, and spectators. For the purpose of this essay violence will be defined as the use of excessive physical force and has the potential to cause harm. Media will be defined as the “means of mass communication”. It’s no mystery that some sports such as Football, Water Polo, and Rugby involve more physical contact than other sports. However, the media has been indirectly promoting violence across all sports. One may argue that the media have created an “epidemic of violence in sports today”2. Through the examination of coaches and players, this paper will analyze the media’s influence in portraying violence in sports.

Most multi-billion dollar industries, such as professional Football, have rules and regulations to ensure both fairness and entertainment.4 On any football field, the coach is always highly respected by both athletes and spectators. In the event of a loss, the coach takes a lot of the stress and pressure from the media with a post-game interview. On February 28, 2013 Coach Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers had interfered with a kick return by the Baltimore Ravens.…

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