Impact of the Media Portrayal of Sex and Violence
Shaniece Brickham Hot-Button Issue
Over years, the influence of mass media has increased tremendously, with the increase of technology. First there was reading material such as books, newspapers, and magazines along with photography. Then, sound recordings, films, radio, television, came thereafter; and now Internet, which is now the new media, is social media. However, theses types of media tools, do effect emotional arousal, sex and behavior identification, and changes in allocation of time, consumer purchase, and voting behavior. There is some evidence that mass media influence these types of interests and interest-related behavior, public taste, outlook and values, and inactiveness. In this essay I will be discuss developments, milestones, and applications exemplifying changes in media portrayal of sex and violence, I will explain how the negative effects of sex and violence on children have increased in media technology and how the negative effects of sex and violence on adults have increased in media technology, I also will make specific recommendations about how the problems of media portrayal of sex and violence might be minimized and I will show how media portrayals of sex and violence relate to interpersonal relationships and what ethical principles are involved in the use of technology in relation to images of sex and violence.
Americans of the 19th century, who could no longer get their local news just through gossip and word of mouth. Americans however would to live in an unfamiliar world with the existents of newspapers and other publications that would help them negotiate a world that is changing rapidly. In the early decades of the 20th century, there was a major non-print form of mass media, which was film and radio. This form of media exploded in popularity. This allowed huge numbers of people to listen to the same event at the same time. Following, broadcast television took over the dominant form of mass media. Television has the potential to generate both positive and negative effects, and many studies have looked at the impact of television on society, mainly with children and teenagers.
When you turn on your television, sex and violence is there, when you go to a movie, sex and Violence is also there. Sex and Violence in the media has been increasing and reaching proportions that are dangerous. I can remember the mass shooting at a Batman movie screening in Colorado, as a man dressed as the villain, joker and gun down people while watching the movie. This sort of media violence has its effects on human behavior. I also recall, two teenage boys who murdered 12 schoolmates and a teacher and injured 21 others at Columbine High School in Colorado before killing themselves, they were said that they lived in a pathological environment, their lives were centered around violent video games. Kaplan (2012), “Anderson stressed, “media violence is only one of many risk factors for later aggressive and violent behavior” (1).
Negative effects of sex and violence on adults have increased in media technology. Adults, who watched sex and violence on television regularly, may become desensitized. Adults accustom themselves to the nature of this kind of behavior and it could make them to be desensitized to violence as well as the sexual contents. This type of media could lead to a negative behavior and mislead a human being in society. I recommendations that the problem of media portrayal of sex and violence might be minimized by having programs such as entertainment and education programs which them embeds those desirable behavior of audience in order to minimize the issues of the portrayal of sex and violence.
Minimizing Negative Media Effects
Media stimulates the minds of people through sexuality and violence; it captivates the audience and makes them interested. However, at the same time, the potential risk can be minimized through a variety of sources, such as doctors, lawyers, psychologists, or human right activists gets involved, there are methods that can be taken to prevent the whole sex sells theory. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, (2012), professionals are encouraged to question patients ' consumption of media and to develop intervention programs to modify behavior. Parents play a huge role in what their children see on television and hear on the radio, the issue is that many of these parents are too busy to implement parental controls, or monitor the sites their children frequent. Additionally, parents should only entertain games, music, and television shows that exude positivity rather than mature like content. Technology is moving too fast and unless parents, and society steps in and save our children and the generations after them from this issues. More and more children are violent in nature and extremely sexually active. As a result, much of this is credited to what they see on a regular basis.
Communication via the web and other devices has created madness among youth and even adults. People have access to the entire world and all through a click of a mouse or a button. There are applications out there that connect people to someone on a dating site and have never spoken one word to the other person. Children are posing as eighteen year olds and matching up with men or women they believe to be the same age and the reality is that other person is an imposter as well. Statistics prove that more people choose to interact with family and friends via text messaging, webcam, or other web enabled applications rather than making an actual call. The intimacy component is no longer there in many cases, everything is word based and without meaning. Additionally, this fast moving technology has opened doors to predators to further distribute content containing explicit sexual and violent content under the guise of Internet friendship (The Communication Blog, 2011).
Sex and violence in the media has become one of the most prominent diseases known today. Children suffer at the hands of television, video games, Internet and music. The violent and sexual nature of these media moguls drives aggression in both kids and adults. Further, grown adults are becoming naïve or blind to the effects this type of media is bringing into the lives of their children and have accepted it rather than corrected it. This type of media is becoming the norm, whereas, decades ago most people would cringe at the thought of sex and violence being so readily available. There are steps that parents and society could take to alleviate the exposure in which kid 's face today. Moreover, society has to take technology seriously and invest in ways to monitor the immediacy and intimacy of real people and cyber relationships. Unfortunately, technology has bridged the gap between these two must monitor the role technology plays in the immediacy and intimacy of building human and cyber relationships. The reality is technology speeds everything up when it comes to communication and without proper supervision; the world will see an influx of cyber relationships opposed to intimate face-to-face relationships. Overall, it is clear that generations moving forward will lack the ability to build interpersonal relationships without doing so through some sort of device
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References: Kaplan, A. (2012). Psychiatric times. Retrieved from http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/child-adolescent-psychiatry/violence-media-what-effects-behavior American Academy of Pediatrics. (2012). Media violence. Retrieved From http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/124/5/1495.full.html. The Communication Blog. (2011). Communication strategies: immediacy. Retrieved From http://tcbdevito.blogspot.com/2011/11/communication-strategies-immediacy.html.