“Violent Media is Good for Kids”
In “Violent Media is Good for Kids,” the author Gerard Jones claims that violent media is good for children because it prepares them for violence in reality and teaches them how to control with rage. He argues against people’s view of violent media being negative influence on children. This view suggests that it is important to keep children away from violent media because it promotes imaginary gun battles, killing, blood, and violent fighting. In response, the author argues that such violence in media can give children a tool to master their rage.
The author uses his personal experience as his main support. He did not know how to deal with his fear and rage when his parents did not allow him to interact with pop culture and violent media. However, when he was exposed to Marvel Comics starting from the Incredible Hulk, he was able to explore violence, express his rage internally in his fantasy, and overcome fear and rage. He gives other successful cases: his own son and girls whom he worked with. He also gives the audience a reference from Melanie Moore, Ph.D., a psychologist who works with urban teens.
He closes his argument by restating his thesis with rather accepting attitude and counterargument; the view that sees violent media negative influence suggests that adults send messages to children that such media is wrong; it is for the protection of children from violence. He argues that such attitude can shelter children not only from violence but also against power and selfhood.
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