Violence On The Tube

One Saturday morning many years ago, I was watching an episode of the ‘
Roadrunner' on television. As Wile E. Coyote was pushed off of a cliff by the
Roadrunner for the fourth or fifth time, I started laughing uncontrollably. I
then watched a ‘Bugs Bunny' show and started laughing whenever I saw Elmer Fudd
shoot Daffy Duck and his bill went twirling around his head. The next day, I
pushed my brother off of a cliff and shot my dog to see if its head would twirl
Obviously, that last sentence is not true. Some people believe that
violence on the tube is one of the main factors that leads to real-life violence,
but in my opinion, television is just a minor factor that leads to ...

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Street. There are filmed and videotaped
versions of great works of literature such as Orson Welles' Macbeth. Nearly
every school shows films of laboratory experiments.
But what of our viewing outside of the classroom? Television is also
one of our major sources of informal observational learning. According to Sweet
and Singh, viewing habits range from the child who watches no television at all
to the child who is in front of the television nearly all waking hours. They
say that on average, children aged 2 to 11 watch about 23 hours of television
per week, and teenagers watch about 22 hours per week (2). According to these
figures, children spend less time in the classroom than they do watching
television. During these hours of
viewing, children are constantly being shown acts of violence.
Why? Simple: violence sells.
People are drawn to violence in films, television dramas, books,
professional wrestling and boxing, and reports of crime and warfare. Does
violence do ...

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are causal connections between media violence and real
violence, what can parents and educators do to prevent the fictional from
spilling over into the real world?
Media violence affects children through observational learning,
disinhibition, increasing arousal and priming aggressive thoughts, and
desensitization. The Mean World Syndrome, which suggests that children who
watch a lot of violence on television may begin to believe that the world is as
mean and dangerous in real life as it appears on television, and hence, they
begin to view the world as a much more mean and dangerous place, is another way
in which media violence affects children (Murray 9).
Children learn from observing ...

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