The Impact of Media on Society The average American child watches 8,000 murders and 100,000 acts of violence before finishing elementary school (Clark par. 1). With the increase in sex, violence and vulgar language in TV programs, movies and recordings, which has become a tradition of today’s media, these themes have been proven in several different studies to have become substantially worse and has grown to cause some concern. With the increase of sex, violence and vulgar language society needs to make available more appropriate, educational programs for children, provide a safer environment in TV programs, movies and recordings and also have parents play a key role to supply and enforce these important keys that have been provided. Is it time to change the way Americans currently view TV and movies? Parents, politicians and social scientists say too much violence, sex and vulgar language routinely appear in movies, TV shows and recordings accessible to children (Clark, par. 1). These behaviors are all too over whelming and too assessable to anyone of any age. As children’s advocates fought a long hard battle to improve the way children will watch TV today, the FCC has passed a ruling that will require broadcasters to air a minimum amount of educational programming each week. Also included in the new rule the broadcast station has to air a minimum amount of educational programming to also renew the stations license, which is a great incentive to help force the increase of educational programming for our children (Jost, par. 50). With this new rule passing it will help decrease the amount of sexual and violent content broadcasted on TV and is a much needed change. Although some educational programs have been lacking in both quality and quantity, hopefully this new FCC ruling will help to ensure better quality and quantity and the increase of such programs for our children as advocates believe that educational programs do have a positive effect
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