Is Violent Media Good for Kids
5 February 2012
Violent Media is Good for Kids Gerard Jones, in “Violent Media is Good for Kids,” expresses personal experiences about how violent comic books can often help children break through their shells of self-isolation. Because Jones largely discusses his own opinions, I feel the essay should provide more statistical evidence to support his thoughts. Although I agree with his point that children do need to have an outlet to express their underlying rage, I think a boundary of how extreme we can allow children to stretch this idea needs to be set. Jones’s essay does a good job of connecting himself to the audience, even in his first example, where he uses his own personal experience of how The Hulk saved him in his childhood to introduce his point. The violence of the comic books helped him both get over his fears and find an identity for himself, as seen when Gerard states that he later wrote comic books and action movies in his thirties. In the essay, Gerard has many real life examples of how comics, rich in combat and killings, have helped children become stronger individuals. I think his use of real life examples really captures the audience’s attention and heart. Although his essay is mostly his opinion, Jones used Melanie Moore, who has a PhD in psychology, to support him. Moore claims that children need violence in the media to express the feelings that they are taught to ignore. Jones and Moore came up with a program called Power Play that ”helps young people improve their self-knowledge and sense of potency through heroic, combative storytelling” (197). I think this imaginary setting inside a comic book young people create is an effective way to children can channel their anger or rage into a world they can create. Although Jones’s essay had plenty of real life examples, he lacked instances of scholarly research with statistical truth that violence in the media helps children grow into normal
Cited: Nyberg, Amy K. Seal of Approval: The History of the Comics Code. Crime Comic Books of the 40s and 50s. Web. 8 Feb. 2012. .