Media Violence

Media Violence

Media in definition is the means of communication, as radios and television, news papers, magazines, and internet that reaches and influences people widely. Media comes from comics, newspapers, television, news and entertainment, films animation, video games, music and other audio and internet-based media. Every day we the people open our eyes we will see media and the powerful effects that it posses over us. These effects can sometimes be positive, but they also can be negative. Examples of positive media are becoming far less abundant. Whereas the negative side of media is growing and becoming more aggressive. What is the problem with the media, one might ask. The response would be that there is more negative media influencing the people to do negative things.

There many studies being done to investigate if violence in the media has a direct correlation to the influences on man, and is being sponsored by both the government and the public. These studies are mostly focused on children. This is because children spend more time surrounded by media, children respond to psychological stimulus more then adults, and are powerless to make societal changes in the way adults do. Adults also can be influenced in media violence, but there isn’t as much research directed for them. Some people might say that media doesn’t influence people to do negative acts in the society. But to prove the naysayers wrong I have made a thesis stating when you are hungry, watching television, and you see a TV commercial of your favorite food being advertised. You are going to be influenced to buy that food and if you do or not is an example of how powerful that advertised media. The same thing goes for media affecting you negatively.

It’s a fact that violence and media is a major attraction in the world. Even in the beginning of ancient Rome. In the Roman era waged gladiator battles was the spectacle of choice. A gladiator battle was fight to the death and they were in both private banquets and public arenas. There were very few critics to disapprove of these fights which are to be believed to be because of the Romans violent culture. Another act of violent media in the past was that of the murder news in Victorian England. The murder news in Victorian England articles were very violent and very mysterious murder cases that had been written very graphically. They became very popular to read and even helped to contribute to Victorian England’s population growth, as the population went from twenty million to twenty-nine million in the next 30 years. The news was booming so well that they hired special homicide news investigators who job was specifically to get as much information about a death as possible and present it in an article. Not all articles were one hundred percent true. They had altered details to make the article become more interesting and more attractive to the viewers. The news had become very popular not because of the peoples concern, but because they liked reading about dangerous events. Perry Curtis Jr. stated “Why do we slow down and stare at a car crash while driving along the highway when we have no intention of helping any of the victims?”

There was also visual violence in media. In the 1960’s-1970s America took part in the Vietnam War. And with the soldiers, came the cameras. There were a lot of still shots, pictures, of people being killed and people getting hurt. There was an image posted in 1972 of children suffering from an accidental napalm strike. Also a still shot was taken as well as video in 1968 of an execution at point-blank range in downtown Saigon. The man who performed the execution was Colonel Nguyen Ngoc Loan. There was great significance in the picture and the video of the execution. It was so powerful it was broadcasted on all major television stations throughout the world. The media had changed everyone’s thoughts of the war in Vietnam, and the graphic images have remained remembered in their heads.

Over Time Violence in the media began to grow rapidly. In 1991, in San Francisco, a trial for Daniel B. Vasquez was made for his execution. And one of the major questions that were never answered was if the execution would be televised. This simple question became the justifier for America’s lust for violent media.

Another source of media that is effecting or youth is video games. There was a study conducted, by author Clive Thompson, of how video games subliminally teach kids to shoot guns. Clive, who plays video games regularly, went to the shooting range to test his theory. Clive had never held a gun before and was told by Dave Grossman, a military man with a psychological degree, that he had unusual accuracy with a hand gun even though he had never used on before.

In 1997, a four-teen-year-old kid named Michael Carneal took his neighbors hand gun to a high school prayer meeting and opened fire. He fired eight rounds and shot eight different people. Killing 3 people, and paralyzing another. A police office noted that the kid had unbelievable marksmanship that highly train officer don’t even poses. Michael had never shot a hand gun before; he did spend hours of his time playing point-and-shoot games learning to shoot for the heads so you don’t waste as much bullets.