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Do you believe that violence in entertainment conditions and desensitizes our children to violence?
Over the years there has been an increase in school violence, and the tragedy in Newtown CT begs to ask the question: What hell is going on? While the politicians piss and moan over 2nd amendment rights we need to find a solution. Do you believe that violence in entertainment encourages or condition violence in children, and young adults? If so should violent television, music, and video games be banned or censored?
No I believe that a lack of parenting is what is is causing the desensitization of children. No longer is having a stay at home parent normal. No longer is meals at a table together normal. No longer is being involved in our children's lives normal. The problem is the parents. Not the TV, radio, video games, schools, or friends.
If those are the cause of violence, what was the excuse for the thousand+ years of violence before they existed?
The biggest cause of violence is lack of education. When people aren't smart enough to find a solution to problems, they resort to violence. If you ban violence in entertainment, people will find another excuse.
The only way to get rid of all violence is the same way you remove undesirable traits in dogs.
I'm not sure I agree. Sure ignorance can contribute, and ignorant people have existed for 1000's of years, but why has violence and the ambivalence of violence in public increased in recent years? I still convinced the media has a part to play.
It hasn't, violence has decreased, as it has been for 100's of years. The media lies, controversy sells, the truth doesn't.
In light of the recent massacres--Sandy Hook Elementary School--the movie theater in Colorado--the shooting that mall in Oregon--the shooting in Tuscon AZ where Gabbriel Giffords was shot--I still see a rise in violence that is very hard to ignore.
I seriously doubt that a normal fairly well adjusted child is pushed to commit a violent act because of what they see on television. However, those that are not entirely stable may very well be affected. We're all impacted to some extent by our environment that surrounds us and what we see growing up. I think it would be foolish to assume that the way in which we are bombarded by violence and other graphic material doesn't have at least some impact. As a young child i used to love to watch professional wrestling. I always realized it was fake, and the violence was always somewhat comedic. Yet today, I won't let my kids watch professional wrestling. The wrestling isn't anymore violent. But the characters have been highly sexualized. And it's not appropriate for young children in my view. The world standards of what is acceptable to show our children has changed dramatically. And not for the better. Kids aren't always allowed to be kids anymore.
The comparison to periods of time in the distant past is unrealistic as many societies raised children to be warriors by design such as the Spartans. But in terms of more recent modern history in the developed world, we're on the decline.
I agree with you. A normal well adjusted child would not be pushed to violence by the media. I have also read some pretty convincing research that suggests that children whom watch violent shows & play violent games score lower in empathy.
Not at all. I grew up playing violent video games and enjoying violent movies. I know the real thing much harder to handle. It doesn't prepare someone for what violence truly is like.
The media loves showing off anything violent. They blame games, movies, etc. for it. And the politicians provide soundbites to the media to demonstrate that fact. Yet, the media shows true violence on TV. They have shown suicides on TV. Sure, they "apologize" for it, but they love the ratings.
A lot of it is hypocritical. Politicians just say what the uneducated public wishes to hear. Sure, some kids may do bad things and say they saw it in a video game. What is the excuse of the hundreds of others that just do bad things, and not because of a game?
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