May 15 2012
Argumentative Essay :Media Violence and its Effects on Children
“Times have not become more violent. They have just become more televised” (Manson 1) This is a quote by Marilyn Manson from his article in Rolling Stones magazine called “Columbine: Whose Fault Is It?” Recent studies show that Marilyn is right about violence being more televised, but they also show that televised violence may lead to violence in children. Media is a large part of life in these current and coming years. Many parents have come to letting their children watch whatever they would like without supervision. Due to violence in the shows and movies children watch, games they play, and the language the world uses, children act more violent in life. Media can be described in the Oxford English Dictionary as, “The main means of mass communication, esp. newspapers, radio, and television, regarded collectively; the reporters, journalists, etc., working for organizations engaged in such communication. Also, as a count noun: a particular means of mass communication” (OED). It is regularly used to describe news stations, newspapers, or even some types of video games. In Charles Clark’s essay called “TV Violence”, the reader sees that children who watch television are generally exposed to “8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence before finishing elementary school” (Clark 1). There has been a link between the amount of television violence children are exposed to and the amount of physical violence that child shows in life. In Richard Felson’s article, “Mass Media Effects on Violent Behavior” he critically reviews the effect of media violence on its audience. He finds there is evidence that is discussed regarding short and long-term effects. It is shown that in laboratory and field experiments exposure to violence is just as likely to affect aggressive behavior (Felson 1). This aggressive behavior can become a problem with the child and in their years to come.
The effect media has on children is greatly increasing as the years progress. There are many current and past experiments on the effects and how the exposure reflects on children’s behavior. The authors of the article “The Influence of Media Violence on Youth” explore the idea of mass media violence on youths. There is some evidence to show that youths with milder aggressive personalities tend to show larger effects from the violence than those showing no aggressive behavior previous of the media violence. The author allows the reader to know that the sample base was large, using different types of experiments and people. The article then goes on to explain that in some people, media violence shown in their childhood would lead to violence later in life. Media violence tends to produce short-term increases of violence (Anderson 1). The article, “Violence in the Media” written by Helen Shaffer goes onto explain what people see when watching television. Shaffer allows the reader to know that there is violence in many forms of the media. This includes the news, video games, and popular television shows. Shaffer states that, “It was hard for many concerned persons not to believe that daily exposure to so enticing a medium during the growing-up years, beginning typically at age two or three, could fail to affect the personality formation, attitudes, concepts of right and wrong, and behavior patterns of the first TV generation” (Shaffer 1). There has been a substantial growth in television sets in each home every year. Almost all children grow up on it and tend to follow suit of the shows they watch or games they play (Shaffer 2). Most of the articles touched on the point that violence has grown since first person violent video games.
Aggressive behavior does not come just from children watching the violence shown on television, it can also be learned from aggressively used language. In the article, “Moral Panic and Moral Language in the...