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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Media most certainly does affect behavior. Why else would advertisers spend billions of dollars on advertisement if they didn't not just think but know their appeals would affect the public's behavior? Not just violence but sexuality, the embrace or rejection of values, political persuasions and interests on a wide range of subjects and not just TV but all media has that potential.

    I have a friend who made a near tragic decision when he was just 16. I don't know the full story but he somehow came into possession of a handgun. One day he found himself is a stupid altercation with another teenager over a dumb basketball game that escalated. It ended with him put the gun up the the other kid's head and pulling the trigger. Thank God despite being at point blank range, in the scuffle the bullet missed. What he said motivated him was his favorite gangster rap song that he couldn't get out of his head that glorified guns and shooting someone.

    FYI: A happy ending. After spending his late teens in juvi jail, my friend had an encounter with Jesus, got married, is a devoted dad to his 4 kids, speaks to groups of at risk teenagers, is planning to record a rap/reggae CD and works as a Gospel radio personality.
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Any time children have violence justified - glorified, rather - in front of them, the likelihood them engaging in violent behavior increases. Simple as that.

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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    I blame all of the sadistic movies out there, from the SAW and Final Destination series to Hostel. We seem to be getting more and more desensitized to horrific violence. Some sad excuses for parents even allow their young children to watch these movies.

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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    No, no it does not. Just because I watch a lot of movies with extreme violence does not make me want to go and commit violence. In order for it to affect you, you have to be pretty damn stupid. It's the exact same things with video games.

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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Quote Originally Posted by BMC COOLBEANS View Post
    Exactly what the title says. Feel free to explain your answer.
    I think it probably does. Well, we actually know it does in some cases, but how prevalent it is is another question. Some examples:

    Shows like the WWF's fake wrestling. They lead kids (especially little ones) to believe that those throws and holds aren't particularly dangerous. They don't realize those shows are carefully choreographed. I remember specifically a little boy aged 10 or so throwing his little sister (3 or so) from above his head. She died. He said he was practicing wrestling from what he'd seen on TV. (Isolated instance? Maybe, but it's a logical leap for me and a 10-year-old.)

    Criminal Minds type shows. These shows have gotten more bizarre over time to the point of being so realistic as to be frightening. Does it give young kids a warped view of violence? I hope not, but I could see that a pretty steady diet of that **** on a young developing mind probably wouldn't be a good thing. (And I think that far too many parents don't monitor their kids' TV watching any too carefully.)

    And then there's the news itself. We glorify violence in many unintended ways. Take the batman incident. Timothy McVeigh. You name the horrific crime, and I'll show you scads of news reports that glorify the perps. (Unintended, by the way.) How do they do that? Many of the people who commit these kinds of horrific crimes are glory-seekers. And they see clearly that it works. For 15 minutes (longer, but you get what I mean), they are the center of attention. Heroes in a sick, perverted way. Law enforcement knows that when one political figure is attacked, more are likely to follow. Why? Because those people hanging on by their fingernails see a way to make a splash. That "it can be done."

    In the area of national news, I think we need to rethink how we portray these killers, as I do believe one begets others.
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    TV is so crappy today due to excessive advertisements and shows dedicated to those with IQ in the two digit range.
    I think you are being generous here, I wonder if most are even target people with more than a single digit IQ.

    Even if a show has a higher IQ target, they mess up the facts horrendously. "Criminal Minds" is an excellent example of this, more inaccurate facts per episode than just about anything else I have ever actually watched. (I don't even try to watch military based shows, Liberal writers in LA are pretty much clueless when it comes to the real military.)
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    I'm not sure that television does, or at least regular network TV. I do tend to suspect that violent video games do.
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Quote Originally Posted by waas View Post
    Any time children have violence justified - glorified, rather - in front of them, the likelihood them engaging in violent behavior increases. Simple as that.
    Sometimes, violence does need to be justified, even glorified. Showing children that defending yourself and others or you country with violence because there really are bad violent people out there is always good. However shows that focus on the bad being victorious and indiscriminate violence being acceptable are bad.
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    I think it does in some aspects. If you let your children watch shows before they are able to comprehend the specific use of violence as a struggle between good and evil. I probably has a bad affect. However, when they are mature enough to understand the difference in when violence is acceptable and when it isn't, it is not generally a bad thing.

    Author David Drake had a comment about violence in the forward to one of his books, not an exact quote but,

    Violence in media is too clean. It does not accurately reflect the horror and messiness of real violence. Children see someone shot on TV and supposedly killed but then they see the same actor later, in another part and he/she is alive again. For children unable to understand the difference between reality and media, they lose their association between real violence and real death. Movies and television harden people, especially children, to the horrors of real violence.
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Quote Originally Posted by sharon View Post
    Small children should not be parked in front of the TV. It inhibits creativity, socialization and education.
    That may be true... but it has nothing to do with the OP

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