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Television has become the predominate source of entertainment and news for all over the world Much of what everybody either knows hears or sees about the world around them is through the television From OJ Simpsons murder trial to the terrorist act on September 11th Our information on who to vote for on election day comes from campaign speeches telecasted on TV Education in forms of entertaining puppets and people dressed up in animal suits is how our children learn to count to three Television has become an essential tool in how we exist Or is it Is the effect of television on society outweighing the reason to keep it around--information entertainment and education Are two year olds around the world becoming more aggressive then the previous generation because of the violence seen on TV Are teenagers engaging in sexual acts at a earlier age because they are mimicking what is seen during prime time Are drugs playing a bigger role in society because of television Many authors suggest that there is a direct correlation between what is seen on TV and what is happening in society Is TV affecting our lives or is the media merely reflecting what is already present in society According to authors Victor Stasburger and Edward Donnerstein in Children Adolescents and the Media Issues and Solutions a typical teenager will witness 10000 acts a violence a year and 61 of those violent acts are aimed at childrens programs The consensus among most of the research community is that violence on television does lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers who watch the programs Stasburger and Donnersteins research states If violent TV is viewed at a young age it largely contributes to the adult aggressive behavior or even criminal behavior that person will engage in In The Man Who Counts the Killings written by Scott Stossel The National Council for Families Television estimated that ten percent
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