This essay focuses on, does media violence cause behavior violence.
Media violence is an exposure to violence through media, which includes television, movies, music, and video games etc. The Myth of Violence seeks to expand the conversation about media violence beyond simple arguments of disapproval or support. According to research and survey media violence does cause behavior violence.
Many suggest the violence in media is not from the media, it is from the society/culture as well. The violence that is occurring is actually due from the mentally ill, poor parenting and the location/environment where one lives. As said children mostly imitate the parents and their surrounding, but still most of the parents expose children toward media and that also has a lot of impact on their actions.
According to some of the recourses and research the exposure of media, television, newspaper, books, cartoon and games are the causes of aggression and violence in behavior in today’s generation, but media violence can not only be television or the above that mentioned it can also be gossip that moves from one person to a group of people that is also a form of media, acts of violence that creates violence behavior without knowing the truth or the outcome of it.
Violence has always played a huge role in the media, its everywhere around the world, this essay will support that media have input to violent behavior in our society, there have been arguments upon arguments about media a number of people agree and some disagree to it, and over 3000 studies conduct, unfortunately, there isn’t one single result, there is only an array of hypothetical answers to this questions.
Evidence for supporting the essay on agreeing that media violence does cause aggression and violence behavior, a research was done to support this essay that violent behavior is contributed by media violence.
Television and video violence, has impact of television programs, particularly on children. Of special concern has been the exposé of violence, mainly given psychologist Albert Bandura’s work in the 1970s on social learning and the tendency of children to imitate what they observe. In today’s world, most of the parents expose children to the media at an early age, children in their early age observe more and try to be like what they see (duplicate). Research shows psychologists L. Rowell Huesmann, Leonard Eron and others starting in the 1980s found that children who watched many hours of violence on television when they were in elementary school tended to show higher levels of aggressive behavior when they became teenagers. By observing these participants into adulthood, Huesmann and Eron found that the ones who’d watched a lot of TV violence when they are in their early age were more likely to cause violent behavior that later would cause children to turn out to be against the law. Other research has found that exposure to media violence can make somebody less responsive to an overwhelming fear by repeated exposure to the feared situation or object; either in natural or artificial circumstances, watching violence in the media becomes enjoyable and does not result in the anxious stimulation that would be expected from seeing such imagery.
The second evidence to support the article is The Rwandan genocide is one of the heaviest moments in human history. An airplane crash in 1994 carrying the presidents of Rwanda and Burundi provided a spark for an organized campaign of violence against the Tutsi and moderate Hutu civilians across the country. Approximately 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu moderates were slaughtered in a carefully organized program of genocide over 100 days, making history as the quickest killing spree the world has ever seen. According to the research, media was involved to create some spark the role that was played by radio to provoke the genocide and to spread hater toward it. To some extent, media has the power to spread new but in Rwanda case, it was different as the media muddled the story when they didn’t pay attention to it. In December 2003, media trial against the two founders of the RTML and the editor of kangura newspaper. They were found responsible of genocide and crime against humanity and to spread fake news using media to cause violent behavior they receive a life sentence of 35 years; This states that media does cause the violent behavior to an extent. If media wouldn’t have spread fake news or hater around the people using media, the situation would have been different. Media has power over society to spread news but some news is right or fake it’s difficult for the world to know and that’s how public start creating violent behavior, it appears in Rwanda genocide the media was engaged to a level.
The last evidence to support the debate is the case on 2007 Kenya election. After a long and debatable election campaign, Kenya held general elections on December 27, 2007. Regardless of concerns about serious flaws in the counting and tallying of votes and a long delay before announcing the results, the present Mwai Kibaki was announced the winner of the presidential vote on December 29, by a narrow margin, over the opposition candidate, Raila Odinga. The announcement of the election results sparked widespread violence in many parts of Kenya. Looting, arson, and property destruction were rampant throughout January and February 2008. The violence is estimated to have resulted in about 1,200 deaths and the displacement of 500,000 or more people (Gibson and Long, 2009). After weeks of negotiation, a power-sharing agreement was signed on February 28, 2008, and general calm was restored. The question still exist is media the cause of all above violence. The role of media in Kenya election 2007 was shaping the story of the crisis that occurred in an atrocious way, which cause the public to get aggressive and cause hater to the society and increase of crime like rape, demolishing houses/ small business that left people no choice but to fight and cause violence. Later media shutdown a member of Kenya’s Human Rights Watch, Maina Kiai, was quoted in an article published in The Star on 7 January 2008 and titled ‘Kenyan media spurns violence and calls for peace’, as saying that the Kenyan media had failed to search beneath the surface for the root causes of the political crisis. He accused the media of suppressing the reality of what many saw as tribal cleansing related to the disputed presidential election. He continued, ‘The only way to peace is through truth and justice. It’s not enough to be calm; we need the truth.’
Violent has been everywhere around the world but if handled in a right way crisis that occurred might resolve in an appropriate way. The three claims that have been presented in this essay claim that media violence causes behavior violence to an extent if not used in a correct way. If the truth is handled in a proper manner, haters will not be spread the world can be violence free. Media has a power to shape the story, as I have mentioned it before so using it in a correct way can help many people change their life’s or destroy if stories are shaped in a wrong way.
This essay focuses on, does media violence cause behavior violence.