Assignment 2: Aggression and Violence in the Media
Social Psychology 110
May 30, 2015
1. Briefly describe at least one (1) episode of a television show in which you observed aggression or violence.
Sons of Anarchy is a crime drama television series about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club in Charming, CA. In one episode, the mother of the president of the motorcycle club shows her aggression and violence towards her son’s wife. During this episode, Tara wants out of this lifestyle and is threatening to take the couple’s two sons with her. At the same time, the DA is threatening to put Tara in jail if she doesn’t give them information on a recent school shooting that the MC was involved in. Eventually, Gemma goes after Tara and hits her with an iron. Then she proceeds to hold her head under a sink full of water while repeatedly stabbing her in the head with a barbeque fork. Gemma showed aggressive and ...view middle of the document...
Jackson demonstrates aggression in this episode when he finds his wife Tara at the park with the kids, and he threatens her life if she talks to the DA or tries to leave town with the children. The other character that demonstrates aggression or violence in the episode is Gemma Teller Morrow. She is the wife of the former president on SOA and is Jackson Teller’s mother. Her character is known for being the queen bee of the motorcycle club. She demonstrates violence in this episode because she was content with stopping Tara from ratting her son out to authorities. For example, she brutally murdered her daughter-in-law to protect her son from going to prison and to prevent her from taking her grandchild away from her.
3. Discuss at least two (2) possible reasons why the selected TV episode included aggression or violence. Provide a rationale for your response.
The Son of Anarchy TV series is built on the foundation of aggression and violence. The motorcycle club made most of their money by illegal activities such as trafficking drugs, prostitution and by importing weapons to sell to other gangs. One reason this TV episode included aggression or violence was that Jackson was trying to save the club from being taken down by law enforcement. Another reason for aggression and violence in the episode is that Gemma was trying to protect her son from being put in prison. The SOA’s series lived and breathed on the unexpected twist and turns of their illegal and violent acts.
4. Describe at least two (2) ways that media violence can cause desensitization in people. Justify your response.
The exposure to media violence can desensitize people to violence in the real world. It can make them less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others. For Instance, someone who regularly watches violence on TV may begin to be less emotional about violence and start to feel that it’s a normal way of behaving. Thus, making it more likely to participate in violent activities. Another way media violence can cause desensitization in people is that they may become more likely to have aggressive or harmful behavior towards others. For example, people who play violent video games like, Grand Theft Auto can develop a more aggressive thoughts and feelings in their daily life.