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Comfort of Our Own Homes

  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:29 AM
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Violence is very wide spread in society today and is growing at an alarming rate among

our children.   Everyday we seem to hear of children beating on one another, ganging up

on the elderly, invading homes, and even murdering people.   One has to question how

much   effect different sorts of media have on our children.   From the time we are very

young we can be exposed to seeing and hearing horrible acts of violence on the television

and   radio, and through video games.   Sadly, I believe this is where it all starts -   in the

comfort of our own homes.   Over and over again children watch violent programs and

play video games with the goal of killing others.   Eventually many of them find it amusing

and enjoyable to see others being hurt and killed.   Parents, in general, are not protecting

their kids from this invasion of media violence.

        Many children laugh at violence and think it’s funny to hurt others. According to

David Grossman, a former psychology professor   and author of a Pulitzer-nominated book

on the psychology of violence, the most dangerous of all media is that which teaches the

child to laugh. “ Once you get beyond the early age where kids are stunned and

mesmerized by TV and can’t tell the difference between fantasy and reality, you find they

begin to laugh at the violence”.   (Grierson, Adbusters 2)   Children who view a lot of

television become hardened to violence.   “ Media violence systematically brutalizes and

desensitizes its recruits”.(Grierson, Adbusters 1)   Children are entertained by violence so

often on television that they no longer find it offensive.   Watching programs that glorify

violence, such as “Monday Night Wrestling”, give children the impression that hurting

others is amusing.   “Even though young children have some...


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