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    Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Exactly what the title says. Feel free to explain your answer.
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    I really can't answer because I don't...and never have...watched much TV.

    But, I have to ask for a bit of clarification: Are you asking this as a general question? Or are you primarily focused on children?
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Yes, I think it does.... but maybe actually in the opposite way you may think. I've heard that T.V. may decrease violent behavior because it gives us a chance to exercise our violent behavior through our imagination instead of bottling it up and relieving our aggression by some other means.

    But, that was just one study/article I read.

    it could have been about video games... meh pretty similar.

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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    I really can't answer because I don't...and never have...watched much TV.

    But, I have to ask for a bit of clarification: Are you asking this as a general question? Or are you primarily focused on children?
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Quote Originally Posted by BMC COOLBEANS View Post
    In general
    Okay.

    The reason I asked was because if you were focusing on children, I would consider mentioning another source that some say affect behavior: Computer Games.

    I won't continue with that line, but I'll monitor this thread in case it veers off-topic.
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    It is a chicken or egg question. Maybe it brings out violence that is already there; maybe it instills violence that was not there because the child's parents let TV instill the social norms into the impressionable mind. More often than not, it seems to do neither. Just depends.

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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Yes TV and movies promote violence. Two kids were just busted in Oregon for trying to carjack a lady with a gun. Here is what they said during the commission of this crime.

    'They told me they were going to blow my brains out if I didn't give them something,'

    The youngest of the two allegedly nudged to the other, 'show her your piece,' prompting the oldest to pull up his shirt where the weapon was revealed.

    : "You don't ever ask somebody if it's real. That's how you get yourself shot,"'

    Now just where in HELL are kids this age getting these lines if not from TV?

    Oregon boys ages 7, 11 accused in attempted carjacking of 22-year-old woman

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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    To some small extent, it does. If it is viewed as normal by constant viewing without much in the way of teaching this person that violence is usually wrong and devastating to humanity, then it can have an impact in a negative direction. Usually though, people are exposed to enough of reality where they sense the horrors of violence.

    Then there's the therapy argument already discussed.
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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Again , the controlling problem..
    yes or no ...cuts it not...
    Where is the honest "I do not know." ???
    IMO, maybe, but, honestly, I DO NOT KNOW !
    TV is so crappy today due to excessive advertisements and shows dedicated to those with IQ in the two digit range.
    But, there are some good shows, thank god for TCM and PBS.

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    Re: Does television play a role in violent behavior?

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    Yes TV and movies promote violence. Two kids were just busted in Oregon for trying to carjack a lady with a gun. Here is what they said during the commission of this crime.

    'They told me they were going to blow my brains out if I didn't give them something,'

    The youngest of the two allegedly nudged to the other, 'show her your piece,' prompting the oldest to pull up his shirt where the weapon was revealed.

    : "You don't ever ask somebody if it's real. That's how you get yourself shot,"'

    Now just where in HELL are kids this age getting these lines if not from TV?

    Oregon boys ages 7, 11 accused in attempted carjacking of 22-year-old woman
    We have been besieged with crime long before TV entered the scene...
    IMO, the problem is uncaring parents who park their offspring in front of the TV while they pursue their interests (gambling, drinking, fighting depression, greed)..

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