Violence in the Media

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Should the U.S. Government make a law that bans violence in the media: in movies, on TV, in video games, and on the Internet?

Adi Shimony
Golden Gate University

Today, media take a major part of our lives, shape our society and create reality. The Banning violence in the media is an efficient approach the government should take to handle the growing violence in our society. I argue that the US Government should make a law that bans violence in the media. The law needs to limit broadcasting of violence content at times and places that kids are likely to view, and enforce the use of personal code in TV which allows individuals to control the media they consume.         There must be a link between the increase in violence in the society and the increase in violence in the media. Recent studies revealed terrifying statistics regarding exposure to violence in the media. Before the age of twelve the average American child watches 8,000 murders and 100,000 other acts of violence (Kevin, 1994). There is a statistic base to believe that the increasing number of violent incidents and school shooting is associated with the increasing number of violent incidents in the media. It is clear that there are many other factors that can lead to youth violence such as violence in the family, poverty and violence in the neighborhood or surrounding environment. Although many researches failed to isolate the violence in the media and associate it with violence in reality, it must be one of its reasons. There is still very little research about violent video games and violence in the internet and it is still too early to determine the long term effects of these new violence sources, but the fact that violent games and websites are popular among kids and young adult is worrisome. Violence in the media might not be the source of this acute problem, but it is one of its causes which can be restricted pretty...
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