Discussion of whether media violence promotes violent behavior in children. Explores issue by examining several journal articles on the subject; the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments presented. How exposure to violence seen on television stimulates aggressive behavior. Makes argument for ethical considerations based on contention that TV violence is bad for children.
Social Deviance, Bowling for Columbine
This paper takes the position that Michael Moore's argument in Bowling for Columbine that guns are not the problem in America but that American culture is violent is correct, but adds qualifications.
Issue of impact on young viewers. Escalating levels of violent and aggressive behaviors in children. Findings of studies. Concern of medical health and mental health professionals. Context in which violence is portrayed as having most detrimental effect: video games, TV, movies, music, Internet. Media content (violence, coarse language, sexuality). Other reasons for child violence.