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There was murderers going around killing lots of people and stealingjewelry This quote comes from the mouth of an eight year old girl afterwatching the evening news on television The eight year old girl claimsthat she is afraid when there is a murder near because you never know ifhe could be in town Cullingford 61 A recent report from the NationalInstitute 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 exciting Feshbach 12Broadcasting 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
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