Sex and Violence In Mainstream Media

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Sex and Violence in the Mainstream Media: Hurting Our Youth With the increase in violence in the media and multiple forms of entertainment, our youth are viewing violent acts on a regular basis. The violent acts haven’t been viewed by the public forever either, just recently since the rise in the TV and the internet the media has become easier to broadcast to a broad range of people. “Indeed, six medical and public health professional organizations held a Congressional Public Health Summit on July 26, 2000, and issued a Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children.” This statement noted that, “Entertainment violence can lead to increases in aggressive attitudes, values, and behavior, particularly in children.” (Anderson, 355). Although this was around eight years ago, the issue with violence in the media is still affecting the way today’s youth acts. Today violence is just a part of everyday activity, flip on the TV to watch the news and there is another homicide, or robbery. Our society has the impression that violence can solve problems. The old saying ‘guns don’t kill people, people kill people’ is the wrong approach to have. We need to be preventive towards our youth so they don’t have violence all around them. “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives estimates that there are more than 215 million guns in the hands of private citizens. That's a gun for almost every man, woman and child in our country” (Mackin, 1). The fact that there are just about as many guns as there are people in the United States makes you wonder what kind of impression our society is giving the youth of the future. The problem isn’t always as bad as it seems sometimes the negative affects of the media will be a lesser violent act, but that’s exactly my point. What starts as one small act of violence maybe as a kid hitting another child

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