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THE EFFECTS OF TV AND TV VIOLENCE ON AN INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETY The average American child watches 8000 murders and 100000 acts of violence before finishing elementary school That is not surprising considering the average child is watching 27 hours of television each week and in the inner-city children watch up to eleven hours per day Twenty-five percent of prime time shows in the fall of 1992 contained highly violent material and the US homicide rate is rising fast- six times faster than the populationCQ Researcher 167 There has never been a situation like this says George Gerbner A Times Mirror poll held in March of 1992 showed 72 of Americans think there is definitely excessive violence on TV and a 1990 Gallop poll found 63 agree television programs that depict crime and violence actually encourage itCQ Researcher167-8 Television also causes the viewer to be in a hypnotic state so they dont respond to anything happening around them TV blurs an individuals perception of reality and TV violence affects society and induces violence and crimes Television creates a blur of reality Television is greatly criticized for failing to provide a complete unbiased picture of reality Encarta While one is watching television it dims his awareness to the outside world Television is a lot like hypnosis you create a new focus stop outside focuses cut down all diversions stay quiet and still and eventually the viewer will be in a hypnotic state Mander 195 That explains why the average person is glued to the TV four or more hours per day Mander 194 TV images move more quickly than the viewer can react so one has to chase these images with the mind leaving no way of breaking contact with the television and thus no way to comment about the information given It literally stops the critical mind Mander 197 The act of seeking out information with the eye requires and causes the person to
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