Television Vs. Media

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Every day people of all ages are drawn by violence, sex, and corruption, without even realizing it. The culprit is television. Television has a profound effect on society with a decisive negative outcome.

Television viewers are being harmed, almost every time they turn on the TV. Many people doubt that they could possibly be affected by television. Violence has increased 300 to 500% on television in the past thirty years (Levine 15). People are watching television and not consciously realizing that what they are watching is violence. Americans spend an average of seven hours a day in front of the television. A survey done by Temple University says: "Out of 2,279 children one, half of them watch whatever they want, whenever they want" (Berger 27).

By the age of seven, a child begins to think logically and moves into the stage of concrete operation. This means one would expect children in this stage to be able to differentiate between reality and fantasy dimensions on the screen (Leone 26), but they do not.

Children under seven could not tell real situations from unreal situations if they tried. It is all because of cartoons like Tom and Jerry. By watching violent cartoons and then switching the channel to something like the news, they cannot differentiate between fiction and non-fiction.

Cartoons are one of the most violent types of shows on television. Almost every couple of minutes, cartoon characters are blowing someone up or throwing one another out of a window. Examples of these shows would be something like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Superman, and South Park.

Television should be censored. Sources provide extensive information on why censorship is a good thing. Without television being censored, there would be pictures of pornographic scenes and glimpses of people being shot; kids do...