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Violence and Television Boink Boom Crack The sounds of the fight scene rage on Many have fallen in this particularly bloody battle The good guys have taken their losses but struggle on to what is seemingly a victory Their aggression is fierce and helps them Fires consume the background men and women lie on the ground in pain Even if it werent for the bombs missiles bullets etc that are flying around hand-to-hand combat would have got the better of them It was a classic battle scene when looking back at it a true testament of blood hell and gore This may sound like a heroic made-for-TV movie shown only on primetime in the hopes of recruiting a mature audience But it is not In fact it is just another Saturday-morning special of GI Joe The Real American Hero that I watched with my brother and cousins We were religious followers of the show tuning in every week to see how Sergeant Slaughter Duke and the rest of the gang would handle the likes of King Cobra and his cronies GI Joes early morning time slot encouraged kids like us to tune in every weekend While eating our CheeriosTM and Frosted FlakesTM we got a dose of some real fightin action in excess of fifty violent scenes for the morning there is more than enough to fill the appetite The truth is violence on television is on every single day It takes its toll on society especially children The damage done by violence on television is detrimental and confirmed by statistics case studies and personal experiences Fistfights shootouts car crashes rapes Take your pick Violence is everywhere on television sometimes gory and gruesome other times clean and remote It is not just the Saturday morning cartoons clips from action-adventure series the nightly news and MTV are interwoven with violence and extremely mature content Prime-time programs can average eight
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