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Media Violence is a Menace, but Censorship Not Needed
According to John Davidson’s essay Menace to Society, “three-quarters of Americans surveyed [are] convinced that movies, television and music spur young people to violence.” While public opinion is strong, the results of research are divided on the effects of media violence on the youth in this country. Davidson wrote that most experts agree that some correlation between media violence and actual violent acts exists, yet the results are contradictory and researchers quibble about how the effects are to be measured (271). Moreover, Davidson is not convinced that the media is the sole problem of violence, or even a primary problem. He points out that other factors, such as “poverty, the easy accessibility of guns, domestic abuse, [and] social instability” may have a greater impact on a child becoming violent than the influence of the media (277). Even though other forces may be stronger, media violence does have some adverse effects on the members of society. If senseless violence on television and in movies had no effect…