When television first appeared it was considered to be an electronic toy, however all evidence points to television’s ability to be a formidable educator whose effects are both pervasive and cumulative (digitalcenter.com). It is the cumulative effect of watching violence; not only on TV but in video games, movies, or listening to music; that has worried society about the future of their children.
In fact, violence in media is well documented and there have been “more than 3,500 studies including laboratory experiments, naturalistic studies, correlation studies, and longitudinal studies, discuss[ing] the impact of media violence on children” (Media Violence).
The United States Congress first held hearings on violence in television and radio in the 1950s to determine the impact it had on children, two years later another hearing was held to investigate any possible links between juvenile delinquency and youth crime in TV shows.
In 1969 The National Commission on the Causes mid Prevention of Violence cited TV violence as a contributor to society’s violence problem. Six years later the National PTA demands TV stations and networks reduce the amount of violence in their programming. In 1990 Simon-Glickman Television Violence Act exempted the TV networks from the antitrust law in order for them to jointly handle violence on TV.
Since humans have been able to print books, society has claimed the media is corrupting society resulting in higher crime or degrading the social fabric of society. This argument reappears continually throughout history, brought up by mass society theorist, as each new medium of media is developed. These people fear individuals are to weak to protect themselves from the evil, and society would crumble if no action is taken.
Given the fact government and society throughout history has continually fought to counteract the influence of media violence how do we finally achieve that... [continues]
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