Americans Must Give Up Tv Violence For The Kids, Or Else

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Americans Must Give Up TV Violence For the Kids, Or Else
     To the unsuspecting eye, this nation’s response and reaction to the rise
in number of violent acts committed by teenagers could be described as
appropriately overwhelming, but when examined more closely, does America
really care? When examined in a general sense, violence has declined overall
in the US but has risen among teens (Hunt 651). Who is to blame and how
are we trying to prevent youth crime and teen promiscuity? A New York
Times poll in 1995 reported only 21 percent of those who were surveyed
actually put the blame on television (Hirschorn 643). Both those who cite TV
and popular music as the ...view middle of the document...

Such facts
highlight the probability that what children watch, they copy. It is
unadmirable to count such evidence as circumstantial, but those who examine
the facts in a broad sense, look over the specific fields in where the increases
or decreases occur. According to Centerwall, if television was never
invented, the United States would have 10,000 fewer homicides (Kristol 642).
     A study conducted in England also supports that violent television has
an effect on children. English Parliament introduced legislation to limit the
availability of violence-rich videos in 1994 after the study, conducted by a
professor from Nottingham University, was released. The professor, named
Elizabeth Newson, cited evidence that proved the effects on children from
violent TV programming. The report was signed by twenty-five
psychologists and pediatricians. The report can be summarized by the
following quote (from the report):
“Many of us hold our liberal ideals of freedom of
expression dear, but now begin to feel that we were
naive in our failure to predict the extent of
damaging material and its all-too-free availability to
children” Kristol (640).
This point-of-view about freedom of expression is not held solely by those in
England, for it is in our own country where the first amendment grants us
freedom of speech, or more specifically, that Congress shall make no law
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.1 Yes, control of television
programming and it’s violence content does limit the freedom independent
adults in watching what they choose to watch but is it not worth it? Society
as a whole benefits when thousands of children have been steered away from
becoming violent adults (Kristol 642).
     The United States government has taken a divided stand when asked
about the source of teen violence and promiscuity in America. The liberals
call for tougher gun control laws while the conservatives place the blame on
pop culture and TV (Hunt 650). The government has taken slight steps
towards intervening in what Hollywood puts on TV but I see these efforts as
minuscule. It is apparent to myself beyond reasonable doubt that after
children view over 200,000 acts of TV violence by the time they graduate
high school (Hunt 652) they become numb to violence. As of 1995, Senate
had passed legislation requiring violence-screening technology on all new TV
sets (Hirschorn 643). Is this all that they are willing to do for our children?
More along the lines of what conservatives promote, it is only appropriate
that...

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