Violence in Television Is One of the Major Reasons for the Escalating Crime Rate in Our Society

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Violence in television is one of the major reasons for the escalating crime rate in our society. Violence is one of the causes of aggressive behaviour, crime, and violence. Television is one of the many factors that influence these types of behaviour. The youth of today watch television for long hours and it is hard to avoid television if you are a child, teen or adult. TV can affect kids' health, behaviour and family life in negative and positive ways. Children's cartoons today also contain all kinds of appalling violence. "The Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles" and "The Simpsons", MTV's "Beavis and Butthead" has become children's favourite. A major difference from the Disney cartoons of a generation ago, Beavis and Butthead usually torture animals, set fire to furniture and engage in all kinds of distasteful juvenile behaviour. Then there are horror movies. Many pre-teens today watch this type of movie at parties with their friends, hangouts and during the month of Halloween. Also there are music videos, many of which idealize violence, sexual assaults and murder. The link between violence on film and violence in our streets and homes is overwhelming. For example, many of America's most notorious serial killers, including Jeffrey L. Dahmer, were influenced by Hollywood films that graphically depict violence. Television also portrays certain topics rather blatantly when in fact these issues need to be dealt with care and sensitivity. Sex, substance abuse and other important issues are not handled with a great deal of maturity on television and this can end up giving out the wrong message. E.g.: A program portraying women as sex objects may end up giving the wrong message to youngsters. This may lead to sexual violence and domestic violence such as, Rape and a Husband verbally and physically abusing his wife. Audiences of violence on television often portray violence in their lives and may eventually become a norm for them. The Medias depiction of violence has...
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