Television Violence Essay example

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Along the coast of Maryland, just inside the state lines of Virginia lies the Quantico Naval Base, home to a fictional investigative team lead by the unpredictable Leroy Jethro Gibbs. The ever popular television show, NCIS, focuses on solving crimes with naval victims. These crimes have one thing in common: violence. In 2005, some workers at Quantico find a “meat puzzle” (C. Schulenburg 9) hidden within barrels of toxic material. During this episode the viewer is able to see a massacred body, sliced into many pieces, displayed on multiple tables in the NCIS morgue (C. Schulenburg 9). A year later, an episode of NCIS aired showing an explosion of characters while golfing (Update: T.V. Violencce). Violence did not originally appear on…show more content…
Torr 64). After near exhaustion of the criminal theme, medical dramas began to dip their toes into the pool of television programming. The seemingly chaotic kindling of crime on television sent the content of programming into a regrettable downward spiral of quality. The same old violence was no longer as entertaining, which caused networks to increase the magnitude of the violence on their shows (J. Torr 66) in order to continue engaging viewers. This progression has brought programming to where it lies now: in trouble. The effects and solutions to the violence displayed on television are important due to the ever increasing viewer base of certain types of programming. Through a sundry of studies, spanning many years, from several sources, comes the debate on just what all this violence displayed for anyone and everyone to see is doing to the viewers and how we can solve it. Desensitization is a very insidious process which leads one to a greater acceptance of violence with less sympathy for those who become victim to the violent acts (Television Violence). Researchers Comstock and Paik believe there are four areas that decide if what is being watched will affect the viewer (J. Osofsky 82). The first of these four—and the one of the reasons that society is starting to accept violence—is efficacy. “Efficacy relates to whether the violence on the screen is rewarded or punished,” (J. Osofsky 83). There is almost no punishment seen in programs after a

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