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What has the world come to these days It often seems like everywhere we look violence rears its ugly head We see it in the streets back alleys schools and even at home In the light of the Littleton Colorado Columbine High shootings the debate has grown over how media influences children and adolescents There are many statistics that undeniably support the theory that media causes violence in young children The entertainment industry insists that their publicationsincluding TV magazines Internet etc are legal guaranteed under the First Amendment So who takes responsibility for the crimes committed by juveniles Is it the entertainment industry for displaying conscious violence the government for lack of regulation or the parents for lack of control This paper will explore each in an unbiased view The Evidence America the nation with the highest homicide rate in the developed world has seen violence soar to epidemic levels over the past several decades During this time there has been passionate and ongoing debate about whether there is a causal relationship between media violence and aggression in society Contrary to some claims the medical public health and scientific communities are in agreement that such a relationship exists Extensive reviews of more than forty years of scientific studies have led researchers to conclude that the media significantly contributes to the aggressive behavior and attitudes of children adolescents and adults Donnerstein 1993 In fact the 1982 National Institute of Mental Health NIMH reports supporting the Surgeon Generals landmark 1972 conclusions stated that In magnitude television violence is as strongly correlated with aggressive behavior as any other behavioral variable that has been measured National 1982 In 1985 the APA endorsed the Surgeon General and NIMH conclusions that televised violence has a causal effect on aggressive behavior The APA joined other professional groups such as the American Medical Association the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child Psychiatry Donnerstein Slaby and Eron 1993 A
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