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Sunday, December 03, 2006

The representation of violence in media



Media is a range of different things including games, Hollywood, Advertising and TV.
The lecture talked about how violence was pervasive in the industry as it was what people wanted to see. It also talked about happy violence such as Shakespeare, which was artistic violence.
It then went onto the effects such as if they show violence that people would behave violent. It then went onto cultivation, which is story telling violence. Also they talked about realism and abstraction of violence such as violence in cartoons. How in cartoons they get away with violence even in kids cartoons. It also talked about the army using games to help them in training.

SO IF KIDS WATCH VIOLENT CARTOONS HOW CAN PEOPLE TRY TO BLAME GAMES ON MAKING PEOPLE COMMITED ACTS OF VIOLENCE?

Id think that if kids are watching violent cartoons at a young age surely this would have kids being violent too. I also think that it is nonsense that people think that games could make people be violent. If someone were going to carry out a violent act it wouldn’t have anything to do with games.

SO WHY DO THE ARMY USE THEM?

It is to do with accuracy and gunshots. Although people in the army are violent when they need to be I’m sure its more likely to be the intense training and the strict rules rather than the computer games the play in there training. They are moulded into what the army want.

These articles make some very interesting point. The first one found on http://theory.org.uk/david/effects.htm is about the effects of media on people. It talks about different studies, how violence in media doesn’t affect children although some people think it does.

“Hagell & Newburn (1994) found only that the young offenders watched less television and video than their counterparts, had less access to the technology in the first place, had no particular interest in specifically violent programs, and either enjoyed the same material as non-offending teenagers or were simply uninterested.”

I think that this shows that media has no effect on people committing violent acts. I believe that it doesn’t and feel that in the news the actual violence is held back to save people from reality.

This article on http://news.com.com/Violence+in+games+stimulates+brain+for+aggression/2100-1043_3-5893930.html goes against the above one saying that games do have an effect on males. They monitored the activity of the brain while playing a violent video game and said that they were affected by it.

“Violent video games appear to put the human brain in a mood to fight, according to a new study from Michigan State University.”

DOES MEDIA HAVE AN EFFECT OF VIOLENCE ON PEOPLE? AFTER WATCH OR PLAYING SOMETHING VIOLENT DOES IT MAKE YOU WANT TO PUNCH SOMEONE ON THE FACE OR COMMIT SOME KIND OF ACT OF VIOLENCE?

I think not.

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