"Violent Media Is Good for Kids?" by Gerard Jones

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D.Ryan Murphy Response to "Violent media is good for kids?" by Gerard Jones

"The Roots of Violence: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice, Politics without principles". (M. Gandhi) I believe Gerard pleaded an outstanding case against popular media 'Not' completly tainting our youth. As a child, with separated parents, I also found myself absorbed by violent video games, angry music and a constant local news portrayal of chaotic world events. Subjection at a young age may desensitize or "harden" certain individuals. But the inspiration of random acts of violence seem to be a collection of several other determining factors. Environmental upbringing; parental status, economic status, politics, siblings (family size), and the ever increasing issue of 'mental infirmity'. Uncited estimates say, by age 11, children witness more than 100,00 acts of violence. They end up witnessing over 200,000 acts of violence by the time the child reaches 18 years of age. Recently, a longitudinal study performed by (parentstv.org) attest that teens who watched more than an hour of TV a day were almost 4 times as likely as other teens to commit aggressive acts in adulthood. Yet, I still agree with Jones. Human beings need healthy exposure to a complete image of what is happening on this planet. We need to understand the majesty 'and' the brutality of nature. The altruistic, kind, selfless sides,.... as well as the egoistic, greedy, and selfish sides, they both need to be ingrained cognitively. "Violence is the last refuge of thee incompetent" (I. Asimov)…...

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