The Power of Media Essay

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Media has the supremacy to influence millions of individuals through countless formats. Media is everywhere in our daily lives, in television, motion pictures, and radio, influencing what society consume to what society wear. “Media is a very powerful tool capable of mobilizing people’s contemplations and ideologies” (Mock 2004). Most people find television an escape from their hectic daily lives. In our society today, there is an ongoing debate about violence in the media. Media violence has been an issue that most of the literature seems to avoid, but it is important in our lives. To give you perspective on just how much violence kids see on TV, consider this: “The average American child will witness 200,000 violent acts on television by …show more content…
Two solutions that I would propose are for parents or any adult to reduce the exposure to media and change the impact of violent images that the kids are seeing.
These two solutions will be affective in reducing media violence because if children are exposed to the television less, they will see less violence. This can be accomplished by enforcing limits on how much time children are glued to the screen, in addition to setting guidelines on what they can and can’t watch. This can be done through the V-chip technology. This technology was made to block programs based on their ratings category. With this device, parents can block any programs that show voluminous amounts of violence by adding a four-digit code. In fact parents don’t have to completely neglect the child during the blocking of programs. “To make the kids feel like they have some ruling in the decision. Parents can allow the children to select the programs within the family’s guidelines, while seeking to add positive programs and limiting negative ones” (Thomas 2010).
On April 6-26, 1999 there was a random sample survey done to 1001 parents of children ages 2-17. Parents were asked 34 different questions regarding their opinion on television, the v-chip technology, and the T.V ratings system. The Kaiser Foundation and Princeton Survey Research Associates (PSRA) designed the survey. Based on the survey, 62 percent of the

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