Violence in the media has become a commonplace affair. Does television
violence result in more aggressive or deviant behavior' Is such behavior
likely to lead to criminal behavior' Recent studies have indicated that
even the most seemingly benign programs on television, such as cartoons,
are filled with violence. Violence in the media influences human behavior
in a negative manner. Hundreds of studies have been conducted in recent
years evaluating the effects of violence in the media. The results are at
best, daunting and somewhat alarming. Some have raised enough question
about the effects of media violence to cause researchers to claim the
results are inconclusive. However others prove strongly enough that media
violence can lead to criminal behavior, and many sociologists have
concluded that violence in television media impacts viewers in a negative
manner. Television violence impacts youths and adolescents much more
frequently than it impact adults.
Human behavior is the product of internal influences, such as a person's
biological pre-disposition or genetic make-up, as well as external factors
such as the environment. There have been many studies linking innate human
tendencies such as violence and aggression with media violence. All human
beings have the capacity to love, hate, be gentle or violent. Human beings
are born with a brain capable of distinguishing between right and wrong.
External factors, such as media violence often influence individual's to
act out on these more aggressive tendencies. In the absence of other
stimuli, it is possible that viewing violence in the media will not result
in violent behavior. However, as humans, many live in a world that is
aggressive by nature, and the constant influx of violent material whether
from the home or in the workplace can be a significant factor deciding
whether people act out on their aggressive tendencies.
According to William Korn...