Violence in the Media Essay

1043 Words Mar 15th, 2013 5 Pages
Should the U.S. Government make a law that bans violence in the media: in movies, on TV, in video games, and on the Internet?

Adi Shimony
Golden Gate University

Today, media take a major part of our lives, shape our society and create reality. The Banning violence in the media is an efficient approach the government should take to handle the growing violence in our society. I argue that the US Government should make a law that bans violence in the media. The law needs to limit broadcasting of violence content at times and places that kids are likely to view, and enforce the use of personal code in TV which allows individuals to control the media they consume.
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Heroes and ‘Good Guys’ use violence to achieve their goals and desires and are rewarded for their behavior. These characters become role models and reflect our society. In other words, the media justify violent behavior and even encourage viewers to be aggressive in order to get their needs. When violence is seen as a legitimate way to solve conflicts, we become desensitized to it. This problem is even worse in lower-income areas, where kids are surrounded with real violence. These kids tend to stay home more often to escape street violence, and the TV shows provide them a shelter from reality. When these children watch violence on TV, they conclude that this is the only way to solve conflicts and achieve what they want. For them, the violence is everywhere (Leonard, 1992). However, there are others who believe that violent media is good for kids. Gerard Jones and Melanie Moore (2000) developed a methodology to help kids meet their emotional and developmental needs by violent storytelling and Power Play. This methodology proved to be helpful and effective only when it is guided by professional staff. In my point of view, even if violence in the media can help some kids, under certain circumstances, the damage it is possessing is greater than the benefits. Overall, Jones and Moore suggested an interesting way to utilize the violence in the media. Nevertheless, in their research, they guided kids and parents to use violent content to their

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