Media Violence. Essay

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Some believe that violence in the media is to blame for violence in people, but that argument is undermined by the realization that violence existed long before video games and television. In fact, violence has actually been steadily decreasing since these things have been growing in popularity. Critics of violent media seem to long for the “good old days”; a time before there was violence in the media. These critics fail to acknowledge that those “good old days” were actually far more violent than today. While violence is still present in modern society, it pales in comparison to the violence that was once a part of daily life. For most of human history, people have lived lives dominated by violence. From primitive hunters killing for food through centuries of society built around warfare, violence has never been less a part of the human experience than it is today. Horrific acts of violence such as the holocaust, the Salem witch trials, and lynchings all took place before the advent of modern violent media. It started out innocently enough; looking for a file I needed for a meeting the next day, I shoved a diskette in the floppy drive of my computer. Instead of a list the contents of the diskette, however, I found myself staring at an error message telling me the drive could not be accessed and asking if I wanted to try again. I did, and was rewarded with the same results. Next, I ejected the diskette and reinserted it. It didn't feel quite right, didn't click into place the way it should have, so I repeated the process several times, each time getting the same error message when I tried to call up the A: drive. The timing couldn't have been worse. My calendar was overflowing with deadlines and meetings and classes that needed to be prepared, and I couldn't imagine how I would cope without my electronic right hand. Just then the phone rang; it was the fellow who

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