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What has the world come to these days It often seems like everywhere one looks violence rears its ugly head We see it in our streets back alleys school and even in our own homes Ironically enough in our own homes sits a television that is arguably on e of the major providers of violence But does television influence societys attitude towards violent behavior In order to fully answer this question we must first define what violence is Violence is the use of ones powers to inflict mental or physical injury upon another examples of this would be rape or murder Through the course of this essay it will be proven that violence in television is a major factor in the rise of violence in society It will be proven that the television and the children who view it are often pulled into its realistic world of violence scenes with sometimes devastating results Television with its far-reaching influence spreads across the globe Its most important role is that of reporting the news and maintaining communication between people around the world Televisions most influential yet most serious aspect is its shows for entertainment Violent childrens shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and adult shows like NYPD Blue and Homicide almost always fail to show human beings being able to resolve their differences in a non-violent manner instead they show a reckless attitude that promotes violent action first with reflection on the consequences later In one episode of NYPD Blue three people were murdered in the span of an hour Contemporary television creates a seemingly insatiable appetite for amusement of all kinds without regard for social or moral benefits Schultze 41 Findings over the past twenty years by groups such as the Surgeon General Attorney Generals Task Force on family Violence the American Medical Association the National Institute of Mental Health the American Psychiatric Association the American Psychological Association the American Academy of Pediatrics and other
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