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Persuasive Speech Julian Hull

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Julian Hull

on 24 March 2014

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Transcript of Persuasive Speech Julian Hull

Does Violence in the Media leads to Violence in Society?
In my opinion, children are the ones who are most affected as they are the future of our society. Parents should supervise what their children watch on television, as this will prevent any negative impact such as;
• Children becoming less sensitive to the pain and suffering of others.
• Children being more fearful of the world around them.
• Children being more likely behaving in an aggressive or harmful ways toward others.

Currently, our children are reading less as they think that watching television, playing video games and listening to sometimes unedifying music on whatever technology is more important.

Violence in the media has long been a concern and a sensitive issue. Persons have continue to raise concerns about scenes of violence in films, television and other forms of media and this has led to several laws being passed, each restricting content in television, film and radio.

Presently young people are faced with issues such as identity crisis and so they often tend to imitate those they consider a role model. Take for instance, the things that are highlighted in the Entertainment Industry and the wrongdoings of these celebrities whom young people idolize. One such example is currently being portrayed here in Jamaica where one of our popular Dancehall artist Adidja Palmer aka, World Boss or Vybz Kartel is being charged for the murder of Clive Williams, who was killed for not returning a fire arm. Vybz Kartel’s lyric is well known by many young children and adults alike, his songs are played on passenger buses in taxis and on all modes of transportations.

CNN News in an Article dated February 21, 2013 Entitled, Is media violence damaging to kid?

Stated and I quote “with every school shooting like December’s horrific massacre in Newtown, questions about guns in media and their connection to real life violence bubble to the surface again. After all, there have been reports that Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza was a fan of the ultra-bloody “Call to Duty” video game series”.

The Jamaica Gleaner date Wednesday, July 6, 2005 also published an article entitled, Media Violence Leads to aggression By Wendel Abel

And I quote: “THESE ARE scenes portrayed on television, newspaper headlines or in video games. We are constantly inundated with these graphic, vivid and horrid scenes.
Unfortunately, the media in Jamaica have taken the reporting of violence to excessive and grisly extremes to the extent that violence is promoted and glamorised. This is unfortunate and irresponsible.

The violent exposure habituates and socialises individual into violence. This is especially so when the violence is portrayed as an appropriate method of problem solving. This is a major concern in this country where increasingly we are turning to vigilante killing and jungle justice to deal with the intractable crime problems”.

I beg to agree on this point.

First we must ask ourselves what is Violence in the media?
The study of media violence analyzes the degree of correlation between themes of violence in media sources in video games, television, and movies with real-world aggression and violence over time.

I have included the following clip from YouTube entitled Violence in the media: Effect on children done by Bre Ibanes Evans.
Steps to stem exposure
As a society we are living and rearing our children in a violence-saturated culture. We must take steps to minimise the exposure.

1 - We must call for a decrease in the violent programming on television, cable and in the reports in the print media.
2 - Violence should not be shown as an acceptable way of solving problems. The media must take a more enlightened and responsible approach to the exposures and the messages that are reinforced in this society.
3 - Violence should not be a central theme of children's television.
4 - The media should display a greater sensitivity about portraying violence against vulnerable groups, such as women, children, the mentally ill and minorities in this society.

Many a times, there has been a question mark on the credibility of the media. The effects of violence in films and other media house have always been a topic of debate for parents. Researchers have continued to by surveys to counter the argument. Currently children no longer solve a problem with “I am sorry”, it’s more about “prepare for a beat-down after school” and then a fight develops and someone get hurt.
In concluding, from the literature reviewed it was evident that media violence impacts more violence in the society. When we look at what is happening in society and compare it to what we see in films, television shows, the internet, video games and what we hear in the words of the songs by our lyrists. Our children are the ones who are influenced immensely and our young people who are struggling with identity crisis and hero worshiping are being led astray by violence.

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