As an American culture we thrive on gratification As Eliot Aronson says, “We Americans seem to thrive on competition; we reward winners and are disdainful of losers.” When the United States was hunting for Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden, they were determined and were not going to give up; they were the “alpha male” in pursuit of win. When they “killed” Osama Bin Laden, the subsequent reaction of the public personally sickened me. The gargantuan number of people in the streets celebrating the death of a human being seemed inhumane to me and somewhat immature. Yes, it is something to be happy about--an evil human being is no longer able to harm the human race, but this doesn’t condone dancing in the streets in your underwear.
Aronson states, “Committing acts of violence increases our negative feelings about the victims. Ultimately this is why violence breeds more violence.” In this chapter he also discusses how studies have shown (one performed by Michael Kahn) that those who don’t vent about an issue for some reason do not display a great amount of hostility if they were given the opportunity to do so.
If we are presented a video of someone being executed, it might possibly initiate feelings of hatred that didn’t exist prior. Perhaps this is the reason why the federal government withheld the postmortem photos of Osama Bin Laden. Providing visual proof of his death to the public could have led to a call for more death, and thus made the public want to see more, which in turn might possibly have led to random acts of violence. In an experiment that Wendy Josephson conducted whereby she presented non-violent and violent films to young hockey players, she proved that this may not be true, general speaking. Josephson showed that watching a violent film didn’t faze the hockey players who were considered not to be naturally aggressive, but did in fact trigger increased aggression in those who had been known to have those tendencies prior to her experiment....
...Violence in Society
Every evening we turn on the news only to see that mankind has developed new and inventive ways of killing each other. Violence has become commonplace in many areas throughout the world. However there is still hope that one day mankind will learn to live together in peace. Violence is caused by a combination of genetics, fear, ignorance, emotional outburst, and prejudice. Most of these causes can be cured by education. However the capacity for violence may always be hard wired into our genes. (Yale.edu) By educating people as to what causes violence and how to effectively deal with the emotions that lead to violence, I believe that we can eliminate approximately 90% of the violence in the world. However, I do not feel that mankind will ever completely remove violence from society due to the fact that violence is integrated into our genetic structure.
Before we can stop violence in our society we must first learn to take responsibility for our actions and for our children. Today we are having children at a younger age than ever before. When children are born to parents who have not reached the emotional maturity necessary to properly raise children then mistakes are made and the proper values are not taught correctly or at all. This problem can be resolved...
...Green principles oppose violence in all its forms: assaults against individuals, families, nations, wildlife and the environment. We also recognize that threats, intimidation and fear can be as destructive as physical violence. On the personal as well as the national level, means can never be separated from ends.
American society has an historical legacy of violence that results in a widespread acceptance of violent methods. This is reflected in high violent crime rates, the highest handgun murder rate in the world, a propensity for military solutions, and a patriarchal desire to dominate through threats and outright force.
Domestic violence is becoming more recognized and is being addressed, but it continues to linger as a major problem in our society. As with most acts of violence, the causes are known and the solutions are attainable.
Despite arguments about the second amendment, it is obvious that the easy availability of guns contributes to violent crime. The more guns there are in society, the more they will be used. Hunters, gun enthusiasts and those needing personal protection can be accommodated with minimal inconvenience while eliminating assault rifles and other such weapons whose primary purpose is to kill people.
Governments have a special responsibility to set good examples through their policies and actions. We, therefore, oppose the...
...Youth Violence in Society
"In 2002, more than 877,700 young people ages 10 to 24 were injured from violent acts. Approximately 1 in 13 required hospitalization" (CDC 2004). Violence is everywhere. We can't control it. Its on TV, it's on the radio, it's in our schools, it's in the streets, and it's everywhere. Currently in the US, the rate of crimes committed by minors has sky rocketed in the last 10 years. Now comes the big question, who's to blame? As out society grows, so do its problems.
One Theory to the anomaly is that violent entertainment influences violent behavior. Dating back to the days of ancient Rome, the emperors would hold huge gladiatorial events for the people. The events would have such spectacles as man vs. man, or man vs. beast, and sometimes they would reenact famous battles. The people loved these events. They cheered and roared at the sight of blood and carnage. Some might criticize this behavior in hind sight by calling it barbaric, in humane, etc. However today we are still the same, using violence to entertain ourselves. We just use different medium, instead of huge spectacles, we have graphic prime time TV shows like Twenty-Four, CSI, Lost and Law and Order. Even faux violent programs such as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) depict men performing violent and seriously dangerous stunts for entertainment. In fact there was a recent case where two children, roughly ten...
...Media Violence And Its Effect On Society
Does entertainment influence society's attitude towards violent behavior? In order to fully answer this question we must first understand what violence is. Violence is the use of one's powers to inflict mental or physical injury upon another; examples of this would be rape or murder. Violence in entertainment reaches the public by way of television, movies, video games, music, and novels.
Violent images on television, as well as in the movies, have inspired people to set spouses on fire in their beds, lie down in the middle of highways, extort money by placing bombs in airplanes, rape, steal, murder, and commit numerous other shootings and assaults. Over 1,000 case studies have proven that media violence can have negative affects on children as well. It increases aggressiveness and anti-social behavior, makes them less sensitive to violence and to victims of violence, and it increases their appetite for more violence in entertainment and in real life. Media violence is especially damaging to young children, because they cannot tell the difference between real life and fantasy. Violent images on television and in movies may seem real to these children and sometimes viewing these images can even traumatize them.
Recent research is exploring the effect of new media on children's behaviour....
...Violence is all over the media today, contained within the daily news, music, newspapers, and television. It is especially seen within popular programs among children. Children are easily influenced by what they view, which is why violence on television negatively affects the way children behave.
All too often today, we hear about children committing some heinous crime which is frequently media-related. Take for instance this excerpt from Douglas Rushkoff's essay "Hating What Sucks": In October of 1993, a five-year-old named Austin Messner set a fire that cost his baby sister Jessica her life. The local fire chief blamed Beavis and Butt-head's antics for having inspired the child's pyromania, and Attorney General Janet Reno, already riding a wave of public distaste for violence on television, had a new example of just how dangerous the media had become. MTV ducked for cover and changed the "Beavis and Butt-head" time slot so kids couldn't watch (Rushkoff 221).
In other words, Rushkoff is saying that people watch the mannerisms of characters on television, and feel that their actions represent real life; the way the characters act, speak, and handle situations portray the regular fashion in which everyday people act. Kids are especially prone to this idea. MTV's "Beavis & Butt-head" aids in promoting the idea to children that everything they do is permissible and normal behavior. MTV portrays the idea that it is acceptable for...
...Violence in the Aztec Society
Zachary A. Carter
A.P. World History
“The dismal drum of Huichilobos sounded again, accompanied by conches, horns, and trumpet-like instruments. It was a terrifying sound, and when we looked at the tall cue (temple-pyramid) from which it came we saw our comrades who had been captured in Cortes’ defeat being dragged up the steps to be sacrificed. When they had haled them up to a small platform in front of the shrine where they kept their accursed idols we saw them put plums on the heads of many of them; and then they made them dance with a sort of fan in front of Huichilobos. Then after they had danced the papas (Aztec priests) laid them down on their backs on some narrow stones of sacrifice and, cutting open their chests, drew out their palpitating hearts which they offered to the idols before them. Then they kicked the bodies down the steps, and the Indian butchers who were waiting below cut off their arms and legs and flayed their faces, which they afterwards prepared like glove leather, with their beards on, and kept for their drunken festivals. Then they ate their flesh with a sauce of peppers and tomatoes.” -Spanish Conquistador, Bernal Diaz (The Enigma of Aztec Sacrifice by Michael Harner (1977:46-50))
The Aztecs were a tribe in central Mexico during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. They were located in Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City, on an island in Lake Texcoco. The Aztec community was highly...
...Does entertainment influence society's attitude towards violent behavior? In order to fully answer this question we must first understand what violence is. Violence is the use of one's powers to inflict mental or physical injury upon another, examples of this would be rape or murder. Violence in entertainment reaches the public by way of television, movies, plays, and novels. Through the course of this essay it will be proven thatviolence in entertainment is a major factor in the escalation of violence in society, once this is proven we will take all of the evidence that has been shown throughout this paper and come to a conclusion as to whether or not violence in entertainment is justified and whether or not it should be censored. <br><br>Television with its far reaching influence spreads across the globe. Its most important role is that of reporting the news and maintaining communication between people around the world. Television's most influential, yet most serious aspect is its shows for entertainment. Violent children's shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and adult shows like NYPD Blue and Homicide almost always fail to show human beings being able to resolve their differences in a non-violent manner, instead they show a reckless attitude that promotes violent action first with reflection on the consequences later. In one episode of NYPD Blue three people were...
...Media Violence: Effects on society
“Millions of teens have seen the 1996 movie Scream…Scream opens with a scene in which a teenage girl is forced to watch her jock boyfriend tortured and then disemboweled by two fellow students who, it will eventually be learned, want revenge on anyone from high school who crossed them. After jock boy's stomach is shown cut open and he dies screaming, the killers stab and torture the girl, then cut her throat and hang her body from a tree so that Mom can discover it when she drives up. A dozen students and teachers are graphically butchered in the film, while the characters make running jokes about murder. At one point, a boy tells a big-breasted friend she'd better be careful because the stacked girls always get it in horror films; in the next scene, she's grabbed, stabbed through the breasts, and murdered… The movie builds to a finale in which one of the killers announces that he and his accomplice started off by murdering strangers but then realized it was a lot more fun to kill their friends.” (Easterbrook) This is what teens, adults and society in general find interesting. The Los Angeles Times described it as bravura, provocative send-up." This is not the TV of the baby boomers any more, I Love Lucy, And Gilligan’s Island lack something that seems to entertain people today’s society. What is the difference between Scream and I Love Lucy? The answer is simple, violent...