Impact of Media on Society

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The Impact of Media on Society

The average American child watches 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence before finishing elementary school (Clark par. 1). With the increase in sex, violence and vulgar language in TV programs, movies and recordings, which has become a tradition of today’s media, these themes have been proven in several different studies to have become substantially worse and has grown to cause some concern. With the increase of sex, violence and vulgar language society needs to make available more appropriate, educational programs for children, provide a safer environment in TV programs, movies and recordings and also have parents play a key role to supply and enforce these important keys that have been provided. Is it time to change the way Americans currently view TV and movies? Parents, politicians and social scientists say too much violence, sex and vulgar language routinely appear in movies, TV shows and recordings accessible to children (Clark, par. 1). These behaviors are all too over whelming and too assessable to anyone of any age. As children’s advocates fought a long hard battle to improve the way children will watch TV today, the FCC has passed a ruling that will require broadcasters to air a minimum amount of educational programming each week. Also included in the new rule the broadcast station has to air a minimum amount of educational programming to also renew the stations license, which is a great incentive to help force the increase of educational programming for our children (Jost, par. 50). With this new rule passing it will help decrease the amount of sexual and violent content broadcasted on TV and is a much needed change. Although some educational programs have been lacking in both quality and quantity, hopefully this new FCC ruling will help to ensure better quality and quantity and the increase of such programs for our children as advocates believe that educational programs do have a positive effect on how our children learn and the impact this can have. As the FCC has added the ruling of requiring broadcasters to show a minimum amount of educational programming each week, the government has also helped by adding content advisors to TV programs, movies and music. With the new content advisors being added, the advisors will help to filter out inappropriate programs for children and young adults. The advisors will help parents’ to decide if the content in TV programs, movies or music is appropriate. The advisors are used to rate the material by age and content such as sex, violence and vulgar language. The new consumer ratings system is designed to be a consumer device, to give parents more information about programs, similar to the information they get from a nutrition label on the back of food (Jost, par. 17). The ratings system is crucial and a much needed tool to help parents to decide what material is or isn’t appropriate for their children. Parents can also play a key role to supply and enforce these important keys that have been provided by ensuring the proper programs are available for their children and ensuring that educational programs are being viewed first. And by also using the readily available consumer rating system to be sure the programs their children watch are appropriate. By doing this it will to help provide a better environment for our children. Even though society has made it easier for sexual content and violence to be seen this does not mean that society needs to allow for that to happen and by ensuring that educational programs are viewed and is appropriate. Although the media had made it almost impossible to provide an adequate amount of educational programs because of the increase in channels available in cable and satellite, it is crucial to ensure that there is also an increase in educational channels available and that this is the premier choice for our children. Parents can know they are helping to decrease the amount of...
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