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Monkey see monkey do has become a well-known saying in todays society but is it correct Just sixty years ago the invention of the television was viewed as a technological curiosity with black and white ghost-like figures on a screen so small hardly anyone could see them Today that curiosity has become a constant companion to many mainly children From reporting the news and persuading us to buy certain products to providing programs that depict violence television has all but replaced written material Unfortunately it is these violent programs that are endangering our present-day society Violent images on television as well as in the movies have inspired people to set spouses on fire in their beds lie down in the middle of highways extort money by placing bombs in airplanes rape steal murder and commit numerous other shootings and assaults Over 1000 case studies have proven that media violence can have negative affects on children as well It increases aggressiveness and anti-social behavior makes them less sensitive to violence and to victims of violence and it increases their appetite for more violence in entertainment and in real life Media violence is especially damaging to young children age 8 and under1 because they cannot tell the difference between real life and fantasy Violent images on television and in movies may seem real to these children and sometimes viewing these images can even traumatize them Despite the negative effects media violence has been known to generate no drastic changes have been made to deal with this problem that seems to be getting worse We as a whole have glorified this violence so much that movies such as Natural Born Killers and television shows such as Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are viewed as normal everyday entertainment Its even rare now to find a childrens cartoon that does not depict some type of violence or comedic aggression What we do not realize though is that it
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