Ashley Jo Helton
English 1010 – 011
February 19, 2013
Thesis statement: While Oppenheim’s argument makes sense logically, it does not make sense ethically. I. Oppenheim’s main problem with violence on television shows is the lack of realism. a. Most violent scenes on television could never happen as played out on screen. b. The author uses his medical background to explain this lack of realism. II. Realistic violence would essentially scare children away from imitating such acts. c. Children do not usually wish to participate in acts that frighten them. d. Children will be less likely to view violence, much less act upon it. III. Children are very impressionable.
e. Exposure to violence can have a very negative effect on the mind of a child. f. Mental issues could arise.
“TV Isn’t Violent Enough”
Violence in television shows has always been a controversial subject. There are many people in today’s society that are fighting for stricter programming that would not expose young viewers to material that activists believe to be harmful to a child’s development. In “TV Isn’t Violent Enough” author Mike Oppenheim takes an unusual stance on the subject. In fact, Oppenheim goes so far as to state that “the problem with TV violence is: It’s not violent enough.” This is a powerful statement, which Oppenheim backs up using his medical background stating, “As a teenager with a budding interest in medicine, I knew this was nonsense…” (Oppenheim 137). The author infers that the unrealistic portrayal of violence on many TV shows fails to show how truly gruesome violence is, which may lead children to believe that acts of violence are not that big of a deal. While Oppenheim’s argument makes sense logically, it does not make sense ethically. Unlike most of society, Oppenheim’s main problem with violence on television shows is the lack of realism. He explains that most...