September 13, 2012
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent” (Gandhi). Different people have different perceptions of fantasy and reality. Many wonder if it is humanly possible to tell the difference between a real world and an imagined one. The question also arises, if whether or not violence in different media sources directly affects a human being, and the answer to the question is yes, it does. In the past several years, a variety of different violent actions have taken place as a result of different parts of the media. This problem will continue to occur, unless the showing of violence is restricted, or better yet, done away with.
Music is a major part of any teenager, or adults, life. In any normal case, if a person is listening to calm, serene, and peaceful music, they are likely to portray those characteristics in their everyday life. On the other hand, if somebody is listening to a song that is cursing every other word and saying “hold the gun sideways like o’ dogg; shoot a nigga in the face, knock his nose off”, such as in “Ice Cream Paint Job” by Lil Wayne, they have a higher chance of being violent toward others. A group of 500 college students from Iowa State University participated in an experiment, put on by the Texas Department of Human Services, to determine whether or not violent music lyrics affected their behavior. In the end, Dr. Craig A. Anderson concluded that the violent lyrics did, in fact, have a direct effect on the students’ behavior. The lyrics didn’t cause them to commit a violent crime, but it did indicate an increased amount of aggression that can, eventually, turn into physical violence.
In an average person’s life time, they will spend approximately nine years in front of a television screen. Anything with that amount of time invested into it will have a direct effect on a person’s attitude and...