Essay about Violent Media Is Good for Kids

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By Gerard Jones

In our class book Practical Argument, I chose “Violent Media is Good for Kids” by Gerard Joneson page 36. In this article Jones states and tries to prove that violent media is undeniably good for children. He challenges this by saying what he believes also how he grew up too passive because he was sheltered from the media. Upon hearing that the media has "lofty messages of pacifism and tolerance" (par.2), his mother had borrowed some comics for him to read. After reading the comics, he said that he followed Hulk for a while then switched to "more sophisticated heroes", in (par. 3) and "finally found my own lead along a twisting path to a career and an identity." (par. 3) Later on, his son
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Jones admits that violent media is not harmless and that it does inspire some children into doing real life violence, but goes on to say that it has helped more than it has harmed. Like Jones mentions before, "When we try to protect our children from their own feelings and fantasies, we shelter them not against violence but against power and selfhood." I know, from personal understanding, that when you grow up fearing to express your feelings because you are afraid that you are going to get in trouble either at home or at school, you bottle everything up inside you and do not let go of it easily. Its common knowledge that if you bottle something up for too long it is either going to come out somehow, whether you want it to or not. So with this said, we all care for the children and how they behave. We all want the children to do well, and if teaching them to value and appropriately use violent media to help build up confidence then so be it.
While it gives the impression that Gerald Jones could be wrong in his arguments, there is an aspect of truth at least from his case studies he took in his research. In addition, while no one would support exposure of the young children to violence and violent scenes, not at least in a stable civilization like America, it is quite evident that violent media provides the children and the young people in the society with certain message in life. It becomes clear that the

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