Violent Media and Violent Behavior

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Title of your research paper: Violent Media and Violent Behavior

Thesis statement: Media violence has a serious negative impact on youths and to curtail this influence, we have to understand how and why aggressive behavior is encouraged through media viewing, experimental studies that support this claim, why youths are attracted to on screen violence, but more importantly how to curb the adverse effects of media violence on youths.

Introduction –The introduction should contain a“hook”, general quote, or interesting fact. Next, add two-three broad, general statements, and your thesis statement.

It may seem ludicrous to suggest that the sedentary act of watching television is correlated to increased hostility, especially when TV has long been deemed as an avenue of stress relief. But is it really? While it is true, that media violence is unlikely to transform a fine child into a violent criminal. But, just as every cigarette one smokes increases the likelihood of lung cancer, every violent show one watches increases the likelihood of behaving more aggressively in a situation (Strasburger & Wilson, 2009).

I. Topic sentence for main point #1: The different representations of violence that advocates aggression.

A. Subtopic from main point #1: Violence is frequently glamorized (Strasburger & Wilson, 2009).

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This is also known as unpunished or heroic violence. (Carter & Weaver, 2003).

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Carter and Weaver (2003) explains that around a third of violent programmes feature villains who escape penalty for violence, they show no remorse nor did they contain criticism towards the brutal act. A research conducted by Strasburger and Wilson (2009) supports this claim through a statistical report suggesting that 40% of the violent incidents were perpetrated by “good” characters who serves as roles models for children.

B. Subtopic from main point #1: Violence is frequently sanitized. (Strasburger & Wilson, 2009).

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Also documented by Carter and Weaver (2003) as painless violence.

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Strasburger and Wilson (2009) argue that almost half of the televised violence showed no physical harm or pain to the victim. Furthermore, less than 20% of these programmes illustrate the long-term negative repercussions for family and friends of the victim.

C. Subtopic from main point #1: Violence is often trivialized (Strasburger & Wilson, 2009).

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Also documented by Carter and Weaver (2003) as happy violence.

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This type of violence is prevalent in children’s cartoons, depicted by characters who are repeatedly hurt until they become the points of humor. It is thought that ‘happy violence’ desensitizes children to the seriousness of violence and teaches them that violence is funny (Carter & Weaver, 2003).

Concluding sentence and lead-in about how the details or examples from main point #1 support the thesis
The relationship between on screen violence and violent behavior is evidenced in the contextual features of violent media that encourage the acceptance of aggression and undermines the seriousness of real human violence. As long as the film portrays violence as rewarding, unpunishable, favorable and humorous, it has the ability to successfully breed hostile attitudes.

II. Topic sentence for main point #2 Theories and hypothesis explaining the various effects of watching on screen violence leading to aggression.

A. Subtopic from main point #2: Disinhibition hypothesis.

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