Violence in the Media


There are two sides to every argument. For the case whether or not the media has had an impact on causing children  to become more violent is more complicated then you would initially think. One side of the argument is that kids can benefit from the interactive battles by taking out their aggression in the “rageful fantasy.” Jones argues that these children playing the games projecting all their negative feelings such as anger, depression, or aggression is a healthy way to learn how to deal with these emotions in a controlled environment, or “creative violence.”

The other side to this argument is the idea that the violence surrounding the naïve minds of children can lead to antisocial behavior or even violence itself. In my opinion, I actually agree more with this side. Growing up I can remember playing the popular 90’s video game Mortal Combat on my Nintendo 64 with my two younger brothers. After finishing playing virtually, we would then usually turn the game into reality trying to imitate the same violent hits and kicks at each other as we had seen in the game. At the time it was just fun, but when we got in actual fights we often used the same techniques we had learned, causing an innocent fight to become something much more serious. Also, there is a lot of evidence linking young mass killers to violent video games. “You shoot a guy in ‘Doom’ and he gets back up. You have got to shoot the things in ‘Doom’ eight or nine times before it dies,” said Evan Ramsey in an online article for fox news, who killed two people at his Alaskan school. He is just one example compared to the hundreds of others out there.

Violence in the media is an every day occurrence from video games to what we see on television. Everything should be distributed in moderation, this applies to the exposure of violence seen by our youth as well. If parents do allow their children to be involved in such activities, then I believe there should be some restrictions set forth such as a time limit to enable the well being of our youth. If more precautions were to be taken, then there is less of a chance that something will go wrong.