Media Violence Argumentative Essay

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Autumn Schultz
11-7-12
Period 7
Media Violence Argumentative Essay
Media is all around us, including the thousands of books, magazines, television shows, and newspapers that are sold or viewed every day. Now imagine people around the world turning on the television set to see guns, blood, and more. It is not even only adults seeing this. Children of all ages are picking up books and magazines and seeing violence. Death and gore is everywhere, and because of imitation and priming people are reacting more aggressively than ever. Media violence affects people in a negative way, and should be banned.

Media violence cannot be ignored; in fact, it is very hard to. It can be seen on television, in books, magazines, and newspapers, as well as heard about through the radio. Young adult novels are often found containing violence, although as some think, including an online blogger named Emma, ”[Young adult] fiction accurately represents the darker parts of teen lives…”.This may be true in some cases, though not in all. Despite what society may believe media violence is out there. Megan Cox Gurdon points out that “…brutal beatings are now just part of the run of things.” This goes to prove that media violence is everywhere, and it’s up to the people who see it every day to decide if it should be banned. Imitation is a common reason for teens to act aggressively towards others. It is proven that humans (technically primates in general) are prone to imitation, especially at a young age. If a child were to view violence, say a fist fight on television, they will be likely to try and copy the action. This could cause the breakout of fights in homes, on the streets, and in schools, making it unsafe for others. Also if media violence is allowed, people will gradually come to believe that aggressive actions are appropriate. It is not always negative to copy, but if people are going to replicate the violence they see in the media, it needs to be banned. Priming is another...
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