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Violence in MediaYou Are What You Watch The rising tide of crime in North America exists primarily in the minds of the media Television has created a perception that crime has multiplied double or triple in the past quarter-century due to violence In fact US Justice Department survey data shows crime in the US has dropped 24 percent since 1971 and violent crime is down 2 percent Crime statistics serve the media well The single-minded reporting of violent news the presentation of violent movies and violent reality-based cop shows has made violent crime a growth industry for the television press and media Violence bombards us constantly Networks shoot in sequence one violent scene after another delivering untold numbing horror into Canadas living rooms bedrooms and nurseries Taped TV violence unlike real violence repeats over and over in an accelerating pattern The sounds and scenes of violence echo firing in every direction without concern for targets or casualties Canadians are developing a vision of themselves as hopeless victims of criminal forces they cannot control and cannot understand While TV grows rich on violence the nation is threatened by loss of self-esteem fear of crime and fear of our neighbours A permanent impression is made on the innocent minds of young children too young to read or speak TV is destroying societys respect for human life Daniel Boorstin librarian of US Congress said that TV has the power to conjure up a self-created reality that can mold public values and influence behaviour The Canadian Government guarantees free speech and free press but conjuring up anti-social values for our children is hardly what they had intended Like it or not TV has taken over the role of passing down the traditional values to our younger generation It has replaced the role formerly filled by elders
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