Running head: HOT BUTTON ISSUE PAPER
Hot Button Issue Paper
Technologies evolve, but sex and violence have always been and remain hot button issues in the media. The pace of the new technological change can be so great that we can no longer wait on formal media effects research to guide our personal decisions. There have been many changes that have been taken place with media sex and violence today since I was a child. I believe that the media technologies have increased the negative effects of sex and violence on children and adults today. This paper will discuss why and provide examples of how it has an effect on adults and children because it’s not only an adult issue. This paper will also discuss recommendations that can be made to help minimize these problems. Media sex and violence today vs. childhood
I am twenty-six years old today and when I reflect back on my childhood to the media sex and violence, I don’t remember much because my parents had complete control over what we were able to watch and listen to. If my parents wanted to watch a movie that they felt was in appropriate for my age, they would send me to a different room or else watch it when I went to bed. I do remember that bullying was becoming a larger issue. My mom was a school bus driver for a few years when I was little and there would be fights breaking out with high school students. My mom would have to get in the middle of it and try to get them to stop. I remember one kid yelling out on the school bus “where did you learn those moves?” and the high school student said from a movie. That memory will always be with me because that fight was a very brutal fight. There was lots of blood involved and my mom was threatened to be killed. That was very scary for me and knowing that the student learned how to fight like that from a movie makes me think that the media has a large effect on people. When I talked to my mom about the media sex and violence, she told me that it was in everything she watched growing up. There was a lot of inappropriate language involved in both the television shows and movies. She said it was a different type of sex and violence than it is today. People back then didn’t take it so seriously according to her. She also told me that she was able to ride her bike long distances and not have to worry about sex offenders, kidnapping, and violence unlike you do today. When I look at how media sex and violence today, I feel it is becoming more and more of a larger issue. You hear more and more school shootings, extreme violent bullying, and rapes. The media makes movies, produces television shows, and has internet sites easily accessible that portray a message that it’s okay to do this and it’s cool to do it. Parenting is different today. When I grew up, parents could give spankings to their child if they were misbehaving in public, but if you do that today, someone will turn you in and say that you are abusing your child. People today have more access to the media sex and violence than they did years ago. People have internet in their home and some can access whatever internet sites they want. People also have cell phones and are able to get information from there without parents putting parental controls on their phone. Kids can go to their friends houses and watch movies and the parent that sends their kid to their friend’s house has no idea what they are watching. They have to rely on the parents of their child’s friend to make sure they are not watching something that is inappropriate. I work with kids on a daily basis and I can see whose kids are “running” the family and whose kid’s parents are “running” the family by how they behave. There are kids that are very disrespectful to their parents and they are only learning that from the media. Media technologies negative effects on children
Media technologies have increased the negative effects on media sex and violence on children today. Television has a major...
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