Broad Topic: Youth Gangs
Narrow Topic: The Prevention of Gangs in Los Angeles
Thesis Statement: The Mass Media Influences on Youth Joing Gangs I.Introduction
A.Is our youth and teens being influenced by the mass media to join gangs? B.Is the media becoming more violent?
C.What options do youth and teens have to prevent joing gangs? II. Body A. Behavior
1.The mass media portrays gang member behavior.
2. Language and dress code are taught to kids at a young age. B. Effects
1. Execution of gang members
2.Getting away without being caught
A. Community-chosen programs to lure youth, keep them busy and happy, and even motivate them to change their ways. B. The local social conditions in which our youth are raised in larger cultural generate great numbers of violence in individuals. Q1. “Most cities trying to reduce gang violence deny that they specifically target at-risk kids. As Nanette Smejkal, director of El Paso's parks and recreation department, says, "From our perspective, all kids are at risk. That's why they need positive programs”(Weintraub). This shows how youth gang prevention provived by the city during the summer to all its recreation centers and parks for kids under the age of 17. Waiving the annual membership fee that proved onerous for many poorer youngsters. Q2. “It is guns, it is poverty, it is overcrowding, and it is the uniquely American problem of a culture that is infatuated with violence. We love it, we glamorize it, we teach it to our children”(Surette). This demonstrates that our youth and armed aggression is not an American cultural right,and will determine the media's ultimate relationship to youth and violence. We must as a society address everything we can, such as economic inequities, the gun culture, and the glamorization of violence. And, by a slow, painful, generational process of moral leadership and example, we must work to modify the individual, family, and neighborhood factors that violently predispose...
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