Term Paper: Media Violence What Impact

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[. . .] All three in the context which they were presented are believable and I agree with them.

Disagreement with two statements: a) "movies were helping shape a race of criminals" (Timmer, 2011) (this is patently absurd); and b) "…the only firm conclusion to be drawn, then, is that it is premature to draw any conclusions" (this is false because obvious conclusions can be and are being drawn vis-a-vis children imitating aggression and learning aggression (Weaver, 2011).

Two ways police, prosecuting attorneys and judges should address this issue: a) law enforcement should collaborate with schools to involve parents in selective strategies for what their children watch; b) children who are aggressive in elementary school (due to video game obsessions) should be given tours of prisons to show them their potential future if they continue to behave in response to violence in media.

In conclusion, as stated in the thesis, ultimately parents are responsible for what their children watch in the media. There can no longer be any doubt -- thanks to the empirical literature -- that viewing violent media has negative impacts on children. And while the Motion Picture Production Code amounted to what we would call censorship today, it was an early attempt to shield children from media violence. In summation, the young men who killed their classmates at Columbine High School in Colorado -- and other mass killers -- are known to have been addicted to violent video games. Hence, without parental guidance, society can expect more of these heinous criminal acts on innocents.

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Johnson, James D., Linz, Daniel, Malamuth, Neil M., and Wartella, Ellen. (2003). The

Influence of Media Violence on Youth. Psychological Science in the Public Interest,

4(3), 81-106.

Gentile, Douglas W., Mathieson, Lindsay C., and Crick, Nicki R. (2010). Media Violence

Associations with the Form and Function of Aggression among Elementary School

Children. Social Development, 20(2), 213-232.

Gentile, Douglas A., Coyne, Sarah, and Walsh, David A. (2011). Media Violence, Physical

Aggression, and Relational Aggression in School Age Children: A Short-Term Longitudinal

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