So, in this article called Violent Media Is Good for Kids by Gerard Jones, he talks about how the benefits of media violence outweigh the negative aspects. He gives various examples to back up his claim, but there was one that caught my eye. I specifically wanted to focus on the theory of psychologist Melanie Moore PhD in regards to violent entertainment. She states “ Fear, greed, power-hunger, rage: these are aspects of ourselves that we try not to experience in our lives but often want, even need, to experience vicariously through stories of others. Children need violent entertainment in order to explore the inescapable feelings that they’ve been taught to deny, and to reintegrate those feelings into a more whole, more complex, more resilient selfhood.”
Personally, I could not agree with her more. As a kid, I would be drawn to the TV for hours on end just watching shows like Dragonball Z, Samurai Jack, TMNT, Power Ranger, etc. day in and day out. The main thing that all of these shows have in common is the obscene amount of violence in them. And when I wasn’t watching TV, I was out with my friends reenacting scenes and pretending to be characters from these shows. That was our chance to be a superhero, our excuse to roughhouse, and our means of relieving all of the hyped up energy that any young child has. Honestly, I feel bad for all of the kids who grew up after me and didn’t get to experience these shows. Instead, they get shows that are starting to be a lot more open from a sexual aspect among other things. I mean, come on. Watch some episodes of cartoons like SpongeBob and see how many innuendos are actually in the script. And on top of that, they have role models like Miley Cyrus and SpringBreaker’s Selena Gomez. But I digress. My point is children need some exposure to violence so they can learn how to deal with it. If they’ve never seen violence, were never taught how to deal with it, and have to bottle it up; one day that bottle will shatter hard.