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Television is a central part of American lives In some cases television is a persons number one activity Violence has become a major part of our daily television Whether it is on the news or in a movie even on in commercials violence is present on the majority of the various channels All the violence on television is absorbed by the viewer Violence on television has a negative effect on children viewers Television was first recognized in 1939 at the Worlds Fair Some did not know what to think about television and there were others who believed it was a great invention Social critic EB White states AWe shall stand or fall by television of that I am sureMurray In the beginning there were no studies on how TV would affect a person Television just took off with barely any research being done As television grew so did questions about the effects of television on its viewers One of the main concerns was the effect on children from television violence A debate was born between Hollywood insiders the government and the television viewing public Szaflik In 1952 a series of congressional hearings were held in the House of Representatives before the Commerce Committee officially beginning the televised violence topic Murray A year after that a Senate hearing was held before he Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency This was headed by Senator Estes Kefauver Kefauver had parents and teachers voice their concerns about televised violence He also invited different experts to testify After the experts he used TV executives Then in 1972 the Surgeon General made a report and concluded that Athere was a consistent and significant correlation between viewing televised violence and subsequent aggression NTVS 9 Ten years later the National Institute of Mental Health created a report with the same conclusions as the Surgeon Generals report and added another one The new finding was that not only does televised violence teach the viewers
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