Essay about Violence in the Media

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Some believe that violence in the media is to blame for violence in people, but that argument is undermined by the realization that violence existed long before video games and television. In fact, violence has actually been steadily decreasing since these things have been growing in popularity. Critics of violent media seem to long for the “good old days”; a time before there was violence in the media. These critics fail to acknowledge that those “good old days” were actually far more violent than today. While violence is still present in modern society, it pales in comparison to the violence that was once a part of daily life. For most of human history, people have lived lives dominated by violence. From primitive hunters …show more content…
“Homicide rates in France, Germany, Italy and Japan either failed to change with increasing television ownership in the same period or actually declined, and American homicide rates have more recently been sharply declining”(30). Despite the growth of violent movies, video games, and television shows, or perhaps because of it, society as a whole has become a far less violent place than it has ever been before. Proponents of censorship assert that violence in the media causes violent behavior in children and young adults. As evidence, they point to things like the Littleton shooters’ history of playing violent video games and movies and the similarity of the shootings to certain games. A study conducted by two psychologists at the University of Michigan is often cited as having “shown that children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children not so exposed” (31). More in depth studies have contradicted these findings. Another group did a study which followed 875 children from age eight through eighteen in upstate New York. The group concluded that “the correlation-0.31-would mean television accounted for 10 percent of the influence that lead to this behavior” (31). It should also be known that this “only turned up in one of three measures of aggression; the