Media Violence

9754 WordsJun 12, 200540 Pages
"Children are among the greatest of imitators…" The debate over media violence has eluded definitive answers for more then three decades. At first glance, the debate is dominated by one question. Whether or not media violence causes real life violence and whether or not it has a negative effect of the modern day Canadian family. Closer examination reveals a political battle. On one hand, there are those who blame media violence for societal violence and want to censor violent content to protect our children. On the other hand, there are those who see regulation as a slippery slope to censorship or a smoke screen hiding the basic causes of violence in society. One thing is certain: the issue of media violence is not going away.…show more content…
Violence has always played a role in Television. But there's a growing concern that, in recent years, something about media violence has changed. Laval University professors Guy Paquette and Jacques de Guise studied six major Canadian television networks over a seven-year period, examining films, situation comedies, dramatic series, and children's programming. The study found that between 1993 and 2001, incidents of physical violence increased by 378 per cent. TV shows in 2001 averaged 40 acts of violence per hour (Public Health Agency, 2003). Throughout the cycle of life we imitate others in order to learn new thing and to reinforce our identity within a particular group. The following are stories of children imitating characters from television with tragic results; A five year old boy sets his home on fire, killing his two year old sister following a Beavis and Butthead episode. The boy's mother describes him as "addicted to Beavis and Butthead," two cartoon characters who enjoy setting fire and other antisocial acts. An adolescent boy was killed by a

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