TV Made Me Do It! Has our nation been deceived by the media? Has the media sent forth an era that it is all right to define what was considered old fashion values? Values are defined by the Websters Dictionary as, beliefs or ideas. Violence on TV affects how children view themselves, their world,and other people. In fact, experts warn that viewing violence can have lifelong harmful effects on childrens health. By the time children complete school, the average child will witness more than 100,000 acts of violence on TV, including 8,000 murders. The more violence children watch on TV, the more likely they may act in aggressive ways, become less sensitive to others pain and suffering, and be more fearful of the world around them.
Since we live in a violent society, were constantly hearing arguments that seeing TV violence, particularly children, desensitizes us so we accept real violence more off handily maybe it even triggers real violence. The theory behind the TV attacks is always the same: if Bobby commits a crime, hes not responsible and his parents are not responsible: Something Else is responsible. The problem in this society isnt the easy availability of drugs, or guns, or television, although all are scape goateed. All of these things are mere senseless: they do only what we have them do. All supposedly scientific studies on the subject of TV violence causing real violence are based on a theory of cause-and-effect that is contrary to humans having the capability of making responsible, moral choices.
So is the media causing the nation to stray away from the old fashion values? We are voluntary beings by nature: we chose what we do and what we make ourselves. For example, you take two brothers from an identical lousy environment missing father, overworked mother, no money, rotten inner city neighborhood. One brother joins a gang and has committed his first murder within a couple of years. On the other hand the second brother hides out from the gangs at the public library and learns to read out of boredom. Since he learns how to read he manages to stay in school and takes a fast-food job while attending night college classes.
Comparing two specific phenomena in isolation tells us nothing. How can you isolate one specific set of television images from the effects of the other available images? Further, how do you go inside the skulls of the people doing acts of violence and find out the actual causes, when even asking wont give you a sure answer of why? Studies linking TV violence with real violence try to reduce human behavior to stimulus and effect. It may work with rat psychology, but it doesnt work with human psychology. We are not robots which are programmed. We learn, chose what we focus upon, change our minds, ignore what we like or believe, focus on what we like and believe.
If someone is prone to violence, then they will probably seek and obtain violent images and if it isnt broadcast on TV, it will be sought and obtained otherwise. If there is any valid criticism of TV, its the same one that can be brought against drugs: both can be distractions designed to dull the pain of living in a stupid, painful, and hope destroying society. TV, not religion, is todays tranquilizer of the masses. If you want to change TV, change the desire of the viewing public from distraction to intellectual stimulation. Or you can just change the channel.