Violent Films May Lead a Violent Life

Topics: Violence, Film / Pages: 7 (1529 words) / Published: Jun 12th, 2012
CORE100 Communication Skills Essay
(Due: 4 March 2011)

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Jan Evans

Violent films may lead a violent life (1173 words)

by
Yuan

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Friday 10-12.

Abstract
The paper on the influence of exposure to violent movie on teenagers’ cognitive structure is debated. Three viewpoints of how violent movie influence young people’s values and ideas are discussed: 1 Violent movie content causes teenagers to produce wrong values.2 Film violence improves teenagers’ threshold for violent behaviours.3 Movie violence leads teenagers to confuse the distinction between objective reality and artistic expression. In addition, a counter-argument is illustrated for some scholars claim the relationship between teenagers’ aggressive behaviour and violent film has not been confirmed. It is concluded that children are keen on novel forms of violent movie and exposure to this kind of content has a strong influence on teenagers’ cognitive structure.

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Introduction
Film, as a kind of mass media, with its intuitive, clear and vivid features, improves the efficiency of people receiving the information. It has become a common way for people to understand and learn new things. However, there is a large amount of violent content in some of these films. In addition, the application of technology can make movie violence ultra-realistic and deeply influence the ideas and behaviour of the young. Violent films not only make teenagers lose their values but also feel confused between reality and unreality, then results in the increasing of teenagers’ sensory threshold. On the basis of these arguments, there is no denying that violent content in films negatively influences the cognitive structure of teens.

Loss of values
Violent movies often affect teens’ thoughts in some unaware way. Since they lack the ability of judging whether it right or wrong, they usually imitate what act in



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