Since the beginning of civilized society, man has been infatuated with entertainment.
From the ancient Grecian Plays and bloody Roman gladiators to Hollywood productions and
Broadway musicals, people have always loved to be entertained. The forms of entertainment have
changed, but not the effects that they have on the spectators. Movies, Television, Musicals, and
even Music itself, all have a profound effect on the people who loose themselves in the magical
(and sometimes hypnotic) charm of the entertainment. It is a way to escape the everyday hustle
and bustle of the sometimes chaotic "real world" and just get lost in the story. Here in lies the
problem. It seems as if society has forgotten about the story and has started to believe its own lies.
Sex and violence are more popular on television than educational programing. Violence also
occurs fifty-five times more often on television than it does in the real world (Medved). Is this a
reflection of our society, or is it merely a fabrication; a distorted view of our reality that has been
created by our own "storytellers"? Violence in entertainment has become a major factor in the
increase of violence in today's society, and something must be done about it.
Violence is defined as the use of one's powers to physically or mentally inflict injury on
another. It is spread throughout the world by many different medians. The main ones being:
television, cinema, video games, and music. All of these have useful and very beneficial qualities.
The potential for educational and informative programing is phenomenal, yet we still choose to
poison our minds with useless information and meaningless trash. Television programs have
turned from entertainment and are now filled with worthless melodramas that supposedly
"entertain". Instead, now all they do is annoy. The cinema used to attract one and all, now many... [continues]
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