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Chapter 2: Does Violence in the Media Make Children

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Chapter 2: Does Violence in the Media Make Children
and Teenagers More Violent?
Chapter Preface
Yes: Violence in the Media Makes Children Violent
Movie and Television Violence Makes Children Violent
by Gregg Easterbrook
Hollywood and the television industries glamorize guns and murder, and market this violent imagery specifically to teens. There is no question that this screen violence has a serious effect on children’s propensity to behave violently later in life. Up until age nineteen, children and teens exposed to violence in the media are more likely to view violence as a normal behavior and to become criminals themselves.
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Popular Music Contributes to Teenage Violence by Thomas L. Jipping
For young people in particular, music is even more powerful than television in influencing behavior. Heavy metal, gangsta rap, and other music with destructive themes of homicide, suicide, and satanism are becoming an increasingly dominant part of teen culture. Consumers of these types of music often become obsessed with the violent messages they contain and exhibit aggressive and antisocial behaviors. Violent Video Games Teach Children to Enjoy Killing
by Dave Grossman
Violent video games such as Doom are strikingly similar to the simulators that the military uses to prepare soldiers for combat. Unlike the military s simulators, however, these video games reward players for killing their targets quickly and indiscriminately, until pulling the trigger becomes an automatic conditioned response. These mass murder simulators should be regulated as harmful substances, just as guns, tobacco, and pornography already are.

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