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Violence in Entertainment Violence has played an important part in entertainment, even in
ancient times, like Rome and Egypt. In those countries, mock killings
were some sort of entertainment. Even in our time, media violence is
ever increasing. Research has shown that media violence did not only
increase in violence, but in graphic, sexual and sadistic ways. There
have been many concerns that as violent shows and movies go global,
people spend more time watching than doing other activities (Media
Violence). Whether people think that media violence affects young
people in a bad way or not, many experts do. According to Professor
Rowell Huesmann of the University of Michigan: “that exposure to media
violence causes children to behave more aggressively and affects them
as adults years later.” (M L Enders)There are generally three types of
media violence: television, movies and, video games, and I believe
that these three types of media are responsible for the violence
influence on children and teenagers to a certain extend.
Violent programs on television lead to aggressive behavior in children
and teenagers who watch those programs (Murray, J.P. & Lonnborg, B).
When children watch a lot of television violence, they tend to become
more aggressive. Sometimes, watching a single violent program can
increase aggressiveness. Children who view violent TV shows that are
very realistic are more likely to imitate what they see, if they watch
it many times. Children with emotional, behavioral, learning problems
can be more easily influenced by television violence (Murray, J.P. &
Lonnborg, B). The impact of television violence will eventually show
in a person’s behavior, and young people can even be affected when
their family shows no tendency toward violence.
Violence in movies is very common. In movies there is rape, murder,
drugs, robberies, and all kinds of wrong doings, but it wasn’t always
like that. Movies and television shows weren’t always that graphic,
but people in the media business have realized that people enjoy
movies and programs with violence (Media Awareness Network). Some
people said that seeing this in movies increases violence among teens.
Although everyone sees violence in movies, not all teens commit these
crimes. Children might imitate behavior they see in the movies.
Although it is true that movies, TV, and other media influence our
lives, not all children imitate violence. Violence in movies might
make some kids aggressive, but they can learn about the world from
that. If there were no violence in the media, everyone would have to
learn only from real experience. Many parents tend to blame media
violence, but parents should teach their children that there are many
good things and bad things, and they should help them to know what is
right and what is wrong.