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A Threat to Our Society Violence is everywhere in our society today It is in the sports we watch the schools we attend and even in many of our personal and domestic relationships The question then becomes what is causing all of this violence Certainly there are a number of factors and the blame cannot be pinned on one source One factor which must be examined however is the media and its influence on young people Several incidents have occurred which prove at the very least that media violence is something that must be considered a threat to our society One of the signs of medias influence on children appeared in a study conducted by television researchers Bandura and Ross A group of children were divided into Groups A and B Then different videos were shown to each group Group A saw a video of a girl hitting and kicking a doll Group B saw a tape in which the same girl held a tea party with the doll Later the children were placed in rooms with an exact copy of the doll Group B played nicely with the doll whereas the children in group A played with the doll very aggressively The Effects of Television Violence This is one of many studies which link observed violence with aggressive behavior in children Simply put children imitate what they see Further proof of this behavior appears tragically often as a result of professional wrestling Professional wrestling has turned into one of the fastest growing industries in the world Organizations such as the World Wrestling Federation WWF and World Championship Wrestling WCW make millions of dollars by selling violence to children The WWFs Monday Night Raw program is consistently the top show in its time slot and other programs such as Thursday Night Smackdown Sunday Night Heat and their pay-per-view events also do consistently well A recent survey by the WWF showed that 93 of Smackowns
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