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I Personal Summary of Position Taken in this ReadingScott Stossel writes the article of The Man Who Counts the Killings This reading focuses on the lifetime works and studies of George Gerbner He would be best known as the man who counts the killings because he had spent the last thirty years doing just that A National Commission on the causes and prevention of violence selected George Gerbner in 1968 to study the effect of violence in the media by analyzing the amount of violence on television George Gerbner presents study after in the Cultural Indicators Project Through the quotes and accounts of Gerbner the article suggests that with the increasing amount of television viewing there was an increasing amount of violence Gerbners studies show that television may not just indicate our culture but also educate our culture on how to behaveScott Stossel supports Gerbners studies by the example of Ronny Zamoras testimony of killing an eighty-two year old woman Ronny Zamoras defense was that he watched so much violence on television that he could no longer distinguish between right and wrongThere is the suggestion that a device known as the V-chip could help curb the effects of violence on our culture however it is not likely Although the V-chip would put parents in control of television violence viewed by children children will figure it out before the parents do The problem diminishes the effectiveness of technology fighting technologyIn comprehension of Gerbners views not all television is bad The article indicates that our concern should be on the content of future programming Furthermore Gerbner believes that the awareness of effects of television violence is the first step to curbing the violence in our culture Gerbners belief that television has the power to stifle our democracy strengthens the idea that television cultivates fascismThere are two most striking points that Stossel makes about Gerbners view One Stossel claims that fascism is the specter that looms over all
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