Cause and Effects of Media Violence

779 Words Jan 31st, 2018 3 Pages
Some people say it is entirely because of television. Others say it is because of the lack of responsibility of people. When the two young gunmen, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, killed 13 students and a teacher, and injured 21 before killing themselves in 1999, an ongoing, blazing debate about the media's influence was ignited. The 1999 Columbine High School massacre and extensive coverage of the issue by the media appeared to side with those who think that violence depicted graphically in movies and video games causes, contributes to, and influences violent behavior and even murder. Both Harris and Klebold played violent "murder-simulation" video games, and were fans of the controversial film "Natural Born Killers".
As the Social Learning Theory states, children learn their behavior from watching others. These others could be television, movies, video games, and even the internet. As the media show acts of violence, many of the young children and even adults feel that if it is okay be displayed on Television, or a video game why can it not be acted on in real life. As in my earlier paragraph, the media stated that the Columbine boys watch Natural Born Killers repeatedly and finally acted out of what they believed to be the norm in society, this alone shows the effects of what the media causes. As this cause is the most widely used to defend media violence, there are others that have a…
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