Media Violence Essay

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Machine gun fire, explosions, and screams for help are only a few of the sounds that can be heard emanating from a child’s bedroom today, while his parents listen nervously just outside his door. Horrified, these parents shake their heads ruefully, wondering at the power of entertainment available for kids nowadays. Sometimes they even argue whether it is right for their child to have access to this sort of violence: the kind found in most video games, television shows, and movies all over the world. But honestly, does it make a difference in the child’s development as a productive member of society, and if so, can a parent really do anything about it? These are the questions that researchers of the subject hope to answer conclusively In…show more content…
It is at this stage that children “Develop the attention span and cognitive ability to follow continuous plots, to make inferences about implicit content, and to recognize motivations and consequences to characters’ actions.”1 Between these ages children usually still watch cartoons but also start to watch “real life” television shows. It is at this stage that they become more tolerant of violence in the real world. Adolescence, between the ages of 12 to 17, usually is the most trying time in a person’s life. However when it comes to media violence this is not true for most teens. When watching television a teenager has high levels of abstract reasoning and thought which allows them to doubt the reality of the content, and much less likely to identify with its characters. The problem thus arises with “The small percentage of those who continue to believe in the reality of television and to identify with its violent heroes.”1 Due to the fact that adolescence is the prime time for arguing with authority figures, this makes them, the minority of teenagers, the most vulnerable to imitating some kind of television violence and crime.      The National Television Violence Study (NTVS) had analyzed 10,000 hours of television for violent content for

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