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Violent movies and television shows have been popular since the mediums were invented Westerns and Police shows have kept us inundated with gun play and car chases However many feel that entertainment companies have gone too far Politicians like Al Gore and Bill Clinton have officially asked the producers and television stations to tone down the violence in their products and try to have more family orientated messages Why the sudden change in heart The recent rash of schoolshooting and teen violence has made many Americans look for a reason the reason they have found is the media The entertainment industry is not a willing scapegoat They have given some ground but refuse to give anymore At the forefront of the battle are directors like Wes Craven whos violent scary movies the Scream trilogy and Vampire are squarely blamed for the rise in violent teens On television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and especially professional wrestling are being forced to calm down the violence they show and have been pushed back to later hours so that younger children cant watch Clinton 3 While the Media industry have bent the body count in Scream 3 was lowered and wrestling has promised to depict women more appropriately and tone down their violent bouts they refuse to break which is what many parents are calling for According to some According to the American Psychological Association the average American child views 8000 murders and 100000 other acts of violence before finishing elementary school Anonymous 1 That is a lot of violence for a young adult but the question is not whether they see it but whether it drives them to be violent also There are however no conclusive studies on the effects of violence in the media on children Still the shear number of violent acts is bothersome and should be controlled There is still
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