"There was murderers going around killing lots of people and stealing
jewelry." This quote comes from the mouth of an eight year old girl after
watching the evening news on television. The eight year old girl claims
that she is afraid "when there is a murder near because you never know if
he could be in town" (Cullingford, 61). A recent report from the National
Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) pools evidence from over 2,500 studies
within the last decade on over 100,000 subjects from several nations to
show that the compiled evidence of television's influence on behavior is so
"overwhelming" that there is a consensus in the research community that
"violence on television does lead to aggressive behavior" (Methvin, 49).
Given that the majority of scientific community agrees that "the research
findings of the NIMH publication support conclusion of a causal
relationship between television violence and aggressive behavior" (Wurtzel,
21), why is it that "the Saturday morning "kid vid ghetto" is the most
violent time on T.V."
(Methvin, 49), and that "despite slight variations
over the past decade, the amount of violence on television has remained at
consistently high levels" (Wurtzel, 23)? Why is it that, like the tobacco
companies twenty years ago, the present day television broadcasting
companies refuse to consent that violent films and programming can and do
have harmful effects on their viewers (Rowland, 280) What can be done to
combat the stubborn minded broadcasting companies and to reduce the amount
of violent scenes that infest the current air waves?
The television giants of today, such as ABC, CBS, and NBC continue to
air violent shows, because they make money off of these programs. In
general, society finds scenes of violence "simply exciting" (Feshbach, 12).
Broadcasting companies argue that "based on the high ratings, they are...