Violent Media Is Good For Kids

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Rhetorical Analysis of “Violent Media is good for Kids.” After reading the essay I realized violence for Jones and many other kids was used as the key for the same kind of scene my 13 year old cousin went through, throughout his elementary years. He grew up alone and was always making up stories of violence and was able to overcome that through making up his own characters and make believes in his head. He always talked about guns and saving the day. When children play games with “good guys” and “bad guys” they are making out the differences between right and wrong, and what those character traits are. “Jones’ essay reminded me to not jump to any hasty conclusions” (287), but to re-think this topic and reflect on how my cousin acts. Jones’ article used the appeal of logos to persuade the reader of his stance on this argument. He used testimonies such as the story of one little girl and her aggressive play times and another of an older girl who turned to rap music for a form of expression. Both girls were mentally stable and successfully functioning in society. The two stories contrast in content, but help Jones come to the conclusion that “it’s helped hundreds of people for everyone its hurt” (287). By using these personal stories, Jones makes a valid point in his argument defending the imagination of children and their violent stories. “Violent media is a big issue in the world today.” (285) Society is about the effect of violent media on the upbringing of today’s children. For instance, society has fears that children who are exposed to violent media will grow to be violent people, giving way to a violent society. However, Gerald Jones, in his argument “violent media is good for kids”, says that in contrary to what the society believes, or is made to believe, violent media builds strong, courageous and effective group in the society. In
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