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Influences of Teenage Violence Does the entertainment industry influence teen violence Many experts say yes to this question One person who says yes is President Bill Clinton We cannot pretend that there is no impact on our culture and our children that is adverse if there is too much violence coming out of what they see and experience In the entertainment industry there are several factors in which influence teenage violence The single most prominent factor is television Violent television has been shown to influence teenage violence Another factor influencing violence by the entertainment industry is violent music Violent music is shown to affect teens in many ways such as social behaivor Some violent television programs such as South Park encourage violence Violent programs on television lead to aggressive behavior by children and teenagers who watch those programs APA This is suggesting that violent television programs influence teenagers The National Television Violence Study NTSV conducted from 1994 to 1997 confirms previous suspicions that violence is often portrayed in a contextual manner This same study also found that more than 70 percent of the bad guys receive no penalty Furthermore the NTVS concluded that 40 percent of the violence was perpetrated by attractive hero role models Shifrin If you have violence hidden within the program you are promoting or encouraging violence When the bad guys commit crimes and then receive no penalty you are basically saying you do the crime you dont do the time Additionally when you use attractive heroes or heroines to battle crime using violent methods you are promoting that violence is the right answer for the do-gooder when violence should not be an answer Television is emotionally and psychologically harmful to teens Television is the number 1 leisure activity noted Shifrin Watching so much violence on television causes children to think that the world is a mean and dangerous place APA A teen or child spends more time with the television
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