Crime and Censorship

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Our world is in a downward spiral to coplete loss of morality. Heinous violence, murder, or crude and shocking behavior seem to be a normal occurrence in our society. It may lead one to wonder what has put society onto this slippery slope. How did this type of behavior come to be so acceptable and in some cases glorifiable? A careful study of society may lead to multi media as being the main cause in this changing of ideals. The modern world has become desensitized to the acts shown on television, movies, video games or printed in news papers and magazines. Censorship must be employed if morals and decency are to be preserved.

One of the culprits of criminal behavior is T.V. violence. Violent programs may have a negative influence on those individuals who are already violence-prone, or children who are living through vulnerable periods of their development. Adult violent offenders tend to have shown certain personality features as children, “one being they tended to have viewed violence on television” (Congressional Digest). Furthermore, the amounts of violence on television continues to grow. A typical child watched eight thousand murders and one hundred thousand acts of violence before finishing elementary school. When displayed this often, how can people not become desensitized to criminal acts? By allowing this type of material to be openly exposed to the public we are endangering safety and society’s values. Without control of what material is delivered to the masses, we cannot expect people to have a proper sense of right and wrong as they will constantly see the horrific things that happen in the false reality of the media and become immune to feelings of disgust toward such atrocious deeds. Controlling what is viewed on television is the responsibility of the government in order to decrease violence in the real world.

More evidence that shows censorship may be positive is explained when we examine what drives delinquent activity. To...
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