Professor Salvador Venegas
Academic Writing 1500
February 14th, 2013
Activity 2.2: Example Essays
It was April 20, 1999, a sunny yet chilly day on Littleton, Colorado. Two high school seniors, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, bolted in to Columbine High School grounds, armed with knives, guns and bombs, with the purpose of killing hundreds of people. As a result, twelve students, a teacher and the two killers were dead and about twenty-one other people injured. After this horrific event people began to question how could boys so young be able to manifest such an awful crime? Apart from the facts that both boys had a hard time socializing, after investigations and further reports, it was found that the two boys were huge fans of violent video games, anger music like Marilyn Manson, and action movies. These facts support the conclusion true-life crimes are mimics of action movies and the media.
On the 21st century, it has been reported a drastic increase on violence and aggressive attitude between youngsters which brings out curiosity to reporters and investigators. Media has become a mayor influence to the people, especially to the young minds. Children and adolescents are especially vulnerable to medias influence because of their innocence and their easy access to the media. They grew up with all types of technology making media part of their lives. Over the years, the media has become even more violent, embracing the idea that men gain political power or respect while practicing violence and crimes. There are hundreds of movies showing this. Some common examples are the movies representing the mafia or gangs like The Godfather, Good Fellas and Scarface. These are films showing man supremacy over the innocent people. While seeing these movies, the audiences crave for that kind of power and respect provoking them to mimic that attitude. In the movie of Good Fellas, Robert de Niro acts as an American-Italian gangster that had huge respect. If someone got...
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