Exercise 3.1 Position Paper
ITT Technical Institute
Position Paper 3.1
Every time we turn on our TVs and start flipping through the channels, on every other station there is some form of violence portrayed. I can’t help but to think that in our lives today we seem to revolve around violence. Whether it is on TV, video games, the movies, and even at schools; it isn’t a surprise that children are becoming more aggressive nowadays since the idea of violence is getting hammered into their heads everyday through the different types of media.
TV has become one of the most popular types of entertainment in the last couple of centuries and it has been portraying violence the most out of all the types of media. Every Saturday morning our kids are watching shows like The Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, even shows like The Fairly Odd Parents, and Looney Tunes. The thing that shocks me the most is that their sole purpose of the show is fighting. Even as adults we use OnDemand or Pay-Per-View, in order to pay to watch Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and boxing matches. As we can clearly see TV shows violence not only for adults but for children as well.
Video games are on a rise and are also portraying violence. Most video games all share a common factor, which is violence. There are many games out there where your character of the game is to beat your opponent using violence (gun & physical). For example: Street Fighter & Mortal Kombat. There are other games that try and soften the violence a bit by throwing in a plot. In these games you try and wipe out your opponent’s using weapons and machines of mass destruction (Bulletstorm & Call of Duty). We can see that video games have evolved from the traditional Pac-man and Tetris type games to new and more violent ones that all seem to hold the same goal of beating your opponent with violence.
Movies are no different than video games and TV.