Media Violence Essay

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Does Exposure to Media Violence Cause Aggression? Course: Composition II Professor: Dr. Adam Ehrlich Prepared by: Irena Tahiri Abstract This paper explores six published articles about the effects of violence in media. The articles, however, vary in their conclusion whether exposure to media causes aggression or not. Anderson, C. A. (2001), Coyne, S. M. (2008), Gunter, B. (2008) and Huesmann, L. R. & Moise J. (2006) support the thesis that media violence influences the negative behaviors in children even though in a significant amount. On the other hand, Freedman, J. L. ( 2006) offers different results. He concludes that there is no proved link stating that media violence causes aggression. This paper examines all those six articles and gives the most factually convincing argument as the thesis of the paper. Keywords: causality of violence in media, media violence, aggressive behavior Over a period spanning more than 50 years, research evidence has accumulated about media violence with leading scholars, principally in the United States, reaching the conclusion that exposure to media violence, especially that occurring on film and television, facilitates aggressive and antisocial behavior among those who watch it. Furthermore, each exposure has a developmental effect that cultivates traits that increase the likelihood of overt expression of violence in later life. ( Anderson et al.; Johnson, Cohen, Smailles, Kasen, & Brooks, as cited in Gunter , 2008, p. 1062). Media such as TV, movies, video games, music channels etc. are playing a major role in informing and entertaining people. However, together with the benefits come some negative effects. Media violence is an issue that is mostly discussed among researchers. Media pessimists like Anderson, Johnson, Cohen, Smailles, Kasen,

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