Essay about Television as We Know it Today

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Television as We Know it Today The Power Rangers, RoadRunner, Bugs Bunny and Yo Sammity Sam. What do all of these have in common? They are all shows upon which we build our child’s playtime. You sit your child in front of the television for hours at a time. They stair at the screen with glossy eyes and total amazement. Yet what is it that they are learning from these shows? It is the hidden message of violence and dysfunction, which keeps children entertained. If you look at all of the shows, which I have mentioned above, they seem to have a common theme. Violence. Whether this message is intended or not is another issue, however, the violence is there. The Power Rangers for example, their mission is to save the planet from…show more content…
More and more children are committing acts of rage and terror. Why do we fear our youth, the future of our society, our tomorrow? Our children have been given notions of immortality in an otherwise mortal world. Even if it is not always the direct cause to their violence it has helped them to accept violence due to the manner and frequency of which it is presented to them. They view it on a daily basis; it is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Look back to the recent attack of Columbine. A small school which no one had ever heard of, until April 20, 1999, when 12 children and 1 teacher, lost their lives. (www.geocities.com/dreampackers) This is not to say that there aren’t many other stronger sources to blame, however, such violence has not always been a prominent issue. Violence in our society has increased. This is greatly due to how common violence has become in everyday life. Television exposes us to violence as being humorous, glamorous, thrilling, and above all else entertaining. Before the widespread use of television there was not such a great extent to the violent acts which children committed. Television was not created to have such a dramatic impact on our society. It was not created to change our personal image, our moral standards or even our perception of reality. Rather it was set forth to keep us entertained on our spare time; passing along information,
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