Does the intense media coverage of violence contribute to its increase in our society?

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Mass Communication

Subject: Does the intense media coverage of violence contribute to its increase in

our society?

One Saturday morning many years ago, I was watching an episode of the 'Roadrunner' on television. As wile E. Coyote was pushed off of a cliff by the Roadrunner for the fourth or fifth time, I started laughing uncontrollably. I then watched a 'Bugs Bunny' show and started laughing whenever I saw Elmer Fudd shoot Daffy Duck and his bill went twirling around his head. The next day, I pushed my brother off of a cliff and shot my dog to see if its head would twirl around.

Obviously, that last sentence is not true. Some people believe that violence on the tube is one of the main factors that leads to real-life violence, but in my opinion, television is just a minor factor that leads to real-life violence and that it is the parents responsibility to teach kids the difference.

According to Rathus in Psychology in the New Millennium, observational learning may account for most human learning. Observational learning extends to observing parents and peers, classroom learning, reading books, and learning from media such as television and films. Nearly all of us have been exposed to television, videotapes, and films even in the classroom.

Television is also one of our major sources of informal observational learning. According to researchers, viewing habits range from the child who watches no television at all to the child who is in front of the television nearly all waking hours. They say that on average, children aged 2 to 11 watch about 23 hours of television per week, and teenagers watch about 22 hours per week. According to these figures,

Children spend less time in the classroom than they do watching television. During these hours of...