Videogames Persuasive Speech

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In today’s society the entertainment industry is being attacked from many angles. Television is being criticized by showing images of violence and aggression, music is being ridiculed for explicit lyrics, and within the last decade the issue of videogame violence and children has come to the attention of the mass media. The media, politicians, and many parents are blaming videogames for violent acts among children and those less than 18 years of age. But could videogames be the sole cause of violent crimes among children? In the fall of 2005 I took a course here at Coker called Videogames – Analysis and Research. The most popular topic discussed in our class was Violence and Aggression as a result of Violent Videogames. We studied…show more content…
Later, we found out that Seung-Hui Cho did not play games.
This first graph is the overall violent crime rate, and I am discussing youth violence here. So I found the data sorted by age, and it turns out that through 2002, youth homicide actually dropped across the board, the only increase being among adults. I found a quote directly from the Department of Justice, "Recently, the offending rates for 14-17 year-olds reached the lowest levels ever recorded."
The lowest levels ever recorded. In other words, the Playstation era has, in fact, produced the most non-violent kids ever. But I thought video games were training children to kill?
This next graph shows that non fatal related violent crimes has also decreased since the realize of these awful violent first person shooter games like Halo (1999) and Doom (1993)
I have read many studies on the effects of violent media for this speech and for my videogames class, a good bit of which have been about video games. Most have found little to no connection, although some studies found a small, casual correlation between aggressive people and violent media. So is the media and the government flat out lying to us? Yes, and they have been doing so for years. Fear sells. It's how you turn terrible tragedies like Columbine into election votes and must-see TV.


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