Cartoon Violence, Has it gone too Far Essay

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Cartoon Violence, Has it gone too Far

Aggression. Killing. Revenge. Sound like the latest Scream movie or Keanu Reeves thriller? You may be surprised to hear that this describes the average Saturday morning cartoon. One of the most surprising facts is that the level of violence during Saturday morning cartoons is higher than the level of violence during prime time. There are 3 to 5 violent acts per hour in prime time, versus 20 to 25 acts per hour on Saturday morning (Gerbner,1). Violence on television in general is damaging to society. But the specific targeting of the younger population through the use of cartoons to show violence is destructive and in no way helping to profit the upcoming generation. Violence in cartoons is
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This question has been pondered for years now, but little is being done to help correct the frequency of violence in the media.

Secondly, violence in cartoons has come to a point where it is affecting the way children live their lives; they are becoming more hostile. Any person watching a single violent television program can become more aggressive; in children, this phenomenon is also applicable. In reality, children are more affected by television than the average adult. Children who watch violent television programming, especially programming in which the violence or aggression is realistic, frequent and/or unpunished tend to become more violent and aggressive, immediately after the program and/or much later, sometimes even years later (Parenthood Web). When children watch Might Morphin Power Rangers, a program that is mostly occupied with solving their problems with their fists rather than your words, they don’t see the consequences. In fact the characters in these shows, like the Power Rangers, are often praised and not punished for being violent. Through a child’s eyes violent behavior is an acceptable solution, and they are often don’t learn more acceptable techniques of problem solving in shows like these. In fact, according to recent research, "children's programs are the least likely of all genres [of television shows] to show the long-term negative consequences of violence (Liebert
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