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Television is a pervasive and complex part of childrens lives there are many factors that affect how much and what they view Television is more and more becoming a curriculumInstitute of Mental Health NIMH pools evidence from over 2500 studieswithin the last decade on over 100000 subjects from several nations toshow that the compiled evidence of televisions influence on behavior is sooverwhelming that there is a consensus in the research community thatviolence on television does lead to aggressive behavior Methvin 49Given that the majority of scientific community agrees that the researchfindings of the NIMH publication support conclusion of a causalrelationship between television violence and aggressive behavior Wurtzel21 why is it that the Saturday morning kid vid ghetto is the mostviolent time on TV Methvin 49 and that despite slight variationsover the past decade the amount of violence on television has remained atconsistently high levels Wurtzel 23 Why is it that like the tobaccocompanies twenty years ago the present day television broadcastingcompanies refuse to consent that violent films and programming can and dohave harmful effects on their viewers Rowland 280 What can be done tocombat the stubborn minded broadcasting companies and to reduce the amountof violent scenes that infest the current air waves The television giants of today such as ABC CBS and NBC continue toair violent shows because they make money off of these programs Ingeneral society finds scenes of violence simply excitingBroadcasting companies argue that based on the high ratings they aregiving the public what it wants and therefore are serving the publicinterest Time 77 Michael Howe states We have to remember thatchildren and adults do enjoy and do choose to watch those programs thatcontain violence 48 At the same time however we must also rememberthe undeniable truth that there is clear evidence between televisionviolence and later aggressive behavior Palmer 120 Because violenttelevision has been proven time and time again to play an active roletoward inciting hostile behavior in children the level
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