Lets blame TV

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Chase Collins

English II

Wednesday nights

"TV Made Me Do It!"

Has our nation been deceived by the media? Has the media sent forth an era that it is all right to define what was considered "old fashion values?" Values are defined by the Webster's Dictionary as beliefs or ideas. What makes youth violence is it the media or simply a violent personality?

Violence on TV affects how children view themselves, their world, and other people. In fact, experts warn that viewing violence can have lifelong harmful effects on children's health. By the time children complete school, the average child will witness more than 100,000 acts of violence on TV, including 8,000 murders. The more violence children watch on TV, the more likely they may act in aggressive ways, become less sensitive to other's pain and suffering, and be more fearful of the world around them. Since we live in a violent society, we're constantly hearing arguments that seeing TV violence, particularly children, desensitizes us, so we accept real violence more off handily maybe it even triggers real violence.

The theory behind the TV attacks is always the same: if Bobby commits a crime, he's not responsible and his parents are not responsible: So what is responsible? The problem in this society isn't the easy availability of drugs, or guns, or television, although all are escape goateed. All of these things are mere senseless: they do only what we have them do. All supposedly scientific studies on the subject of TV violence "causing" real violence are based on a theory of cause-and-effect that is contrary to humans having the capability of making responsible, moral choices. So is the media causing the nation to stray away from the "old fashion values? We are voluntary beings by nature: we...