Essay on Media and Violence

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Introduction
In this essay I will be analysing whether less visual violence within the media would mean less violence on the streets. Firstly, I will be questioning whether there is a connection between the viewing of media violence and actual acting upon it. To do this I will analyse the usefulness of the different methods used to approach such as complex issue. To illustrate this I will use examples of different media forms that seem to have been a catalyst for acts of violence. I will then attempt to come to a conclusion on whether less media violence could mean less acts of violence. Define
Firstly, to begin to analyse the media effects of violence one must define the term violence. The fact that there are several different levels
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This post modern society can either have a positive affect or a negative one especially as technology and the media have become more advanced and widespread, for example technology can be used to cure diseases as well as allow terrorist attacks to occur. Postmodernist fear that the media will become so overpowering a dominant that it will create hyper reality whereby ‘the distinctions between image and reality no longer exist’ (Jewkes, 2004: 26)
Research
Some argue that watching violence on screen may have a negative effect on the individual and may lead to that individual imitating that act. Many researchers especially psychologist have carried out studies attempting to prove that there is a correlation between the two commonly using experiments with the use of observations (Boyle, 2005). The most common way that researchers go about answering the question is by selecting a group of children, making them watch something which has a level of violence and analyses the way the children react to it after they have watched it (Bandura et al, 1963). There are many flaws when conducting such as study, one of them being that the study highly lacks in reliability. Even if there appears to be a link between media violence and street violence, the results would not be geographically consistent if the study was repeated as they fail to realise that the social situation of every individual is different, (Guanlett, 2001) therefore, generalising the study based