Violence On Television


"There was murderers going around killing lots of people and stealing
jewelry." This quote comes from the mouth of an eight year old girl after
watching the evening news on television. The eight year old girl claims
that she is afraid "when there is a murder near because you never know if
he could be in town" (Cullingford, 61). A recent report from the National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) pools evidence from over 2,500 studies
within the last decade on over 100,000 subjects from several nations to
show that the compiled evidence of television's influence on behavior is so
"overwhelming" that there is a consensus in the research community that
"violence on television does lead to ...

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23)? Why is it that, like the tobacco
companies twenty years ago, the present day television broadcasting
companies refuse to consent that violent films and programming can and do
have harmful effects on their viewers (Rowland, 280) What can be done to
combat the stubborn minded broadcasting companies and to reduce the amount
of violent scenes that infest the current air waves?

The television giants of today, such as ABC, CBS, and NBC continue to
air violent shows, because they make money off of these programs. In
general, society finds scenes of violence "simply exciting" (Feshbach, 12).
Broadcasting companies argue that "based on the high ratings, they are
giving the public what it wants, and therefore are serving the public
interest" (Time, 77). Michael Howe states: "We have to remember that
children and adults do enjoy and do choose to watch those programs that
contain violence" (48). At the same time, however, we must also remember
the undeniable truth that "there ...

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that "it is naive and romantic to expect a
corporation to have either a heart of a soul in the struggle for profits
and survival" (34). But who, then, is to take responsibility for the
media's actions if not the industry itself? Because there has not been any
sufficient answers to this question so far, "television violence has not
diminished greatly; nor have Saturday morning programs for children, marked
by excessively violent cartoons, changed much for the better" (Palmer, 125).
One may ask: "Why can't the government or the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) intervene to control the amount of violent programming
that currently circulates during most broadcasting hours?" Edward ...

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