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I Introduction Television Violence is at the forefront of an ongoing debate in American society In particular is the question of whether or not those primarily children exposed to violence in programs on a daily basis are profoundly affected by it It has long been proposed that indeed such content has the ability to influence behavior In this paper I will examine some of the ways TV violence affects our social culture Through studies and various authors views television violence will be examined including network programming and economic factors involved in this issue Origin and the pervasiveness of violence as it relates to the entertainment industry in our culture is also considered Television Violence indeed has a profound impact on the world in which we live and this can be witnessed in events we encounter on a daily basis II The Effects of Television Violence Theories Much of the debate about violence in television programs concerns the possibility of its harmful effects on behavior Noting this concern Hansen and Hansen 1990 introduced this question why is the violence there in the first place Hepburn 1998 Their reply began the conventional wisdom seems to be that violence sells that for whatever reason violence increases enjoyment Hepburn 1998 Do viewers enjoy seeing violence in any or all of its forms If people like to see violence will they watch it more often or will more people watch violence than other spectacles Hepburn 1998 If the answers to the first two questions are not positive and even if they are what else is it about violence-containing entertainment that does reward and reinforce viewers Hepburn 1998 If studies do not endorse the value of violence why does the entertainment industry continue to believe or to proclaim that violence sells Hepburn 1998 One thing is for certain American television programs are filled with violence The effects of television violence can no longer be denied Presently
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