Effects of Media Violence

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Since the beginning of time, media has had a presence in society. Spanning from the caveman era, all the way to today. Media is used to create entertainment, spread ideas, and to inform everyone around the world. After reading multiple articles, they all seem to try and explain how media affects society. Media can be argued to have a large or little impact on society, however, these conflicting ideas will continue until society begins to question the media. The first way the media has impacted society is the creation of new art forms such as video games, or web artists. In Henry Jenkins’, “Art Form For The Digital Age” he describes this new style of art. When most people think of art, they think of paintings and large displays inside a gallery. However with today’s highly advanced technology, web artists and games are beginning to find a way into the art world. Museums have begun to exhibit the work of web artists. Even video games have been a talk of critics. Some may be opposed to the idea that digital art is not true “art,” but the computer is just another tool the artists may use. Creativity and artistic ability is still needed to create any piece with this technology. A digital artist uses a computer just like an artist would use a canvas and paintbrush. Video games today are able to open entirely new experiences for their users. These game artists are able to create whole new interactive environments that users can explore. Henry relates the new emergence of these art forms to the silent film era of “expressive art.” During this time, silent films became a hit where they were able to create an environment in which the viewer could become emotionally attached. This is the same as today’s digital age, Henry Jenkins says that these, “environments can convey powerful atmospheres and provokes users excitement and motivates them to explore” (201). Video games and web artists have the same artistic credibility as any movie or other style of art (200-203). Media...
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