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Would cutting out violent media reduce violence in the world?

Updated on April 19, 2010
violent media. Penguin kills human
violent media. Penguin kills human

How violent media came to mind

I had this topic come in my head unfortunately while watching Clueless with my girlfriend, but it makes for a good conversation. Does violent content all around us make us more violent? Would the reduction of violent content on the Internet, video games, and television help humanity become a more passivist species?

Humanity has been the dominant species on this planet for a very long time. With or without violent media around us, we've always had the tendency to cause trouble for other humans and the other species that we share Earth with. Many people seem to believe that violent content for entertainment value causes humans to act out in a more violent behavior than if there weren't any violent media available. Is there a compelling argument to suggest otherwise?

Violent content from Mortal Kombat series
Violent content from Mortal Kombat series

My Opinion

I believe it makes us feel better to blame our problems as a whole on the violent media we create. Answering the unanswered question of why we as humans have such violent nature by pointing the finger at other people is some people's way of justifying something that was destined to be. We humans are a destructive race, no matter how much violent content we have flowing around the world.

In order to create the violent media that some blame, there had to be some sort of imagination behind it. Violent content didn't just come out of thin air; it came from the human mind. This is something that human beings find interesting. Even religion teaches violence. Violent media; violent content, whatever you wanna call it comes from us because we are violent. Enjoy your violent media lol! We wouldn't be pacifist even without it.

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      bob 7 years ago

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      great terrific hub write read thanks

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      I think it would help - people have been desensitized by violent images and violent video games - we see things on TV to day that 10 years ago would make you physically ill.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      In the animal kingdom, the animals are only concerned with survival. This is not true of humans. There is aggression that comes with us as humans.

      Regarding your question, the sensational nature of violent crimes being portrayed by the media, in my opinion, fuels the imagination of those in whose nature the violent tendency is already strong.