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From the FTC:
The FTC released their report on September 11, 2000, and their findings seem to confirm what many have suspected for some time.
The Executive Summary of the report reveals, "Scholars and observers generally have agreed that exposure to violence in entertainment media alone does not cause a child to commit a violent act and that it is not the sole, or even necessarily the most important, factor contributing to youth aggression, anti-social attitudes and violence." However, the report goes on to say, "The Commission's literature review reveals that a majority of the investigations into the impact of media violence on children find that there is a high correlation between exposure to media violence and aggressive, and at times violent, behavior. In addition, a number of research efforts report that exposure to media violence is correlated with increased acceptance of violent behavior in others, as well as an exaggerated perception of the amount of violence in society"
From the FTC:
"The FTC released their report on September 11, 2000, and their findings seem to confirm what many have suspected for some time.
The Executive Summary of the report reveals, "Scholars and observers generally have agreed that exposure to violence in entertainment media alone does not cause a child to commit a violent act and that it is not the sole, or even necessarily the most important, factor contributing to youth aggression, anti-social attitudes and violence."
This is just another example of putting the cart before the horse. Lets use an example to illustrate this. Man A is a golfer. Man B is a tennis player. Man A enjoys watching golf on television. Man B can't stand it. Of course the more violent children watched more violence on television, and played more violent video games...that's what they were into!
Sexuality however, is more accepted, and thus is more readily seen on regular television programs, and even commercials.
I don't think that anyone here would dispute that television, and the media have influence. Of course they do. But there is a big difference between influence, and being cited as being responsible for the sex and violence in society today. Sex and violence are in the media because they sell. If there wasn't a market for it...you wouldn't see it. Therefore, it is the "effect", not the "cause".
No, it isn't desensitization that is responsible for modern crime and apathy towards violence. It is the lack of parental supervision. In our parent's day, typically only one parent would be working, while another stayed home and raised the children. In modern times however, this is simply not the case... With today's economy, both parents are now in the workforce, leading to less supervision and upbringing of the children... Thus, the youth of today are left to their own devices, and then get into trouble. They adopt gangs as pseudo-parents, and turn to violence...not because they watched TV, but because their parents simply aren't there enough to guide them.
In order for entertainment to be successful, the audience must be able to at least partially identify with the material being presented.
Whatever point of view you take on sex in entertainment, our study reveals that it is a pervasive aspect of popular culture. As with portrayals of violence, depictions of sex are often devoid of context. Sex in popular entertainment is often sex without strings, consequences or emotional impact. From the research into the effects of such messages, there is an emerging sense that sex without context can be just as harmful as violence without context. Such depictions may give young viewers very unrealistic views on sex and a skewed perspective of how it fits into the fabric of life.
This in mind, my opponent has stated that children adopt television as a fill-in parent. To me, this means that children get an undue amount of their early childhood education from the "Idiot Box"...
How could your average american citizen relate to that? How is it possible that they know what it feels like to have a Colombian Cartel destroy their family, and be entertained by the repercussions?
This is exactly what I've been saying all along. The ever-present use of these sorts of messages in entertainment is causing a breakdown of society in general. This can be seen with ever-increasing reports of rape.
"Programming regarded as commonplace, or 'OK' in this nation is becoming more and more graphic, and less and less desirable to allow youth to watch, in my opinion."