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Censorship of the media is a hotly contested topic that has spawned a controversial outcry from the public The public has also declared that there is excessive violence portrayed on television and that this violence ultimately negatively affects viewers especially children Hence there exists a double-edged sword Censorship is the regulation and control of information and ideas that are circulated among people within a society It refers to the examination of electronic and print media for the purposes of altering andor suppressing parts of the media thought to be inappropriate andor offensive Microsoft Encarta 97 The implication of censorship is that it is necessary for the protection of the viewing public The following is a discussion of violence portrayed in the media its impact on the viewing public and censorship of the media This paper also provides a viable solution to the negative impact of the violence in the mediaViolence In the Media and Its ImpactIts inconceivable not to think that television couldnt influence our attitudes and behaviors Neil Postman makes this point by outlining Americas movement from a typographic society to telegraphic society Postman 1985 This is not to suggest passivity Much of what is aired on television is fictional However proponents of censorship argue that television creates a false sense of reality and influences not only young children but teenagers as well In one incident after viewing the movie The Program a teen-aged boy was killed and two others were injured after lying down along the centerline of a highway The teenagers were imitating a scene from the movie Touchstone Pictures removed the scene from the movie as a result of the tragedy with the teenagers Another incident in Ohio five-year-old Austin Messner set his parents house a fire killing his sister after viewing the popular MTV cartoon Beavis and Butthead In response MTV moved the program to a time slot four hours later However did not claim responsibility Microsoft Internets explorer The
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