Violence In Media

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The Effects of Violence in the Media
Julianna V. Cronan
Alexander Early College
4th Block Honors English
Mrs. Bumgarner

Abstract
Many would say that violence in the media is the key problem in society today. However, an analysis of violence in the media reveals that violence does create a more aggressive world, but that is not the only plausible explanation. When violence is watched or participated in, the viewer's heart rate and blood pressure increase and they have difficulty creating empathy for the others; they are more apt to act out that anger. Others would argue that statistically violence has decreased in the world, and that the violent behavior that is demonstrated by a few does not represent the whole of society. It is with this reason that many say that there should be stricter ratings on video games and movies, and parents should be better educated on ways to “teach” their children ways to deal with the violent content in a “healthy” way.

The Effects of Violence in the Media
You are what you watch! An examination of violence in the media reveals that media violence does create a more aggressive culture. Even though violent crime has decreased, violence in the media had doubled or even tripled. This violent activities viewed by children and adults in video games increase areas of the brain that control emotional arousal and decrease parts of the brain that deal with self control and empathy. Studies show that children become more
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