Television Violence and Children
Honors American Literature
“Go, go Power Rangers!” Millions of children heard that very line echo through their homes as the Power Rangers defeated yet another foe. Whether it be an alien or a petty thief, the message was clear: fight. Of course television violence has evolved for children. Now they watch their favorite superhero defeat the villain with a ray gun or super strength. Perhaps they are supposed to interpret the violence differently if it is hand drawn and not acted out, but one thing remains omnipresent, violence. Commercial television for children is 50-60 times more violent than prime-time programs for ...view middle of the document...
Once again we sit there so engrossed in which alien Ben will turn into next that we don’t know what catastrophic idea our minds are coming up with. Of course there are those that might prefer to turn off the tube and hit the books. Who am I kidding? Those people are usually too old to know what a Kick-N-Go is. And once again the kids are outside trying to search for ‘fairy-god-parents’ to make their wildest dreams come true. When they give up, it’s back to the BB Guns which simulate ray guns but seem to hurt much more. Coincidentally at the end of the day some cry over a small bruise, others end up with eye patches.
Adults are no exception when it comes to television. They gossip about how Detective Gorrin made another criminal break down and confess or how Agent Booth shot that one guy. Come on. Did you really think the brainwashing stopped when you turned sixteen? Television adapts to you, not the other way around. They start with dance shows to see if the newest dance craze will catch on and work their way up to a new CSI, as if there aren’t enough on television already. Where do you think all the criminals get the idea to represent themselves? Even if they’ve seen it fail countless times on Law & Order, the one time it works they find hope. Do you know what your rights are? I’m sure any avid crime drama viewer does. In almost every...