One of the most disturbing effects about today’s world is the rise in violence. Little or no attention is being given to the fundamentals of life. Brotherhood and personal responsibility are a thing of the past. Media violence, drugs, and upbringings are some of the causes for these changes in the way people think.
Society has become more violent and dangerous for children due to the media. One in six children between the ages of 10 and 17 has seen or knows someone who has been shot. Television is the greatest source of visual violence in our society. Every day, people are bombarded with news reports of child molestations and abductions as well as murder, war, and robberies. From the time we are children to the time we finish elementary school, we are exposed to thousands to tens of thousands of televised murders or acts of violence. By the time we reach adult life, those numbers triple. When in old black and white westerns, the bad guy was shot the most viewers probably saw was a cloud of smoke and a few drops of fake blood. In this new era of movies, the movies are louder, bloodier, and a bit more gruesome. With special effects we are almost offered the real thing. Along with the media, drugs are playing a big part in the violence that occurs in our society.
Drugs are another aspect of our society that affect us. Drugs are mainstream; they are everywhere in our daily lives. We are exposed to them in school as well as in television, which is why drugs and media violence are closely related. The availability of alcohol and drugs increase the risk that the youth of our society will become more violent. According, to statistics nearly one in four 11th graders reported being drunk in the past 30 days. “In his mind Larry Lancaster was flying over a duck farm. He walked like a duck, quacked like a duck, and told visitors that he was Donald Duck. Then he savagely stabbed a man to death. The Los Angeles Police Department reported that Larry had become an animal...
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