3- Do you think news channels need to censor violence
coverage? Why? Explain and give examples.

On the race on who gets the bloodiest and most violent
explicit footage, our news channels forget the effect it holds on viewers,
while many might argue that viewers are not passive and should not be treated
as so and I agree with that. But not all viewers are mature or ready for the
images aired on our TV.

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Some children and teenagers are watching with/without
their parents according to Committee on public education, para. 9-10, 2001 “Children
are influenced by media –they learn by observing, imitating, and making
behaviors their own. Aggressive attitudes and behaviors are learned by
imitating observed models. Research has shown that the strongest single
correlate with violent behavior is previous exposure to violence…Titillating
violence in sexual context and comic violence is particularly dangerous because
they associate positive feelings with hurting others”.

Also, we have to remember that the Lebanese households
family dynamic and parenting is not 100% healthy as almost 1 out of 3 according
to Hemayah NGO encounters physical or psychological violence during their
appraise so watching those scene on TV while sitting comfortably at home can
trigger something in them. Just ask yourself of the last violent scene you’ve
watched on TV, do you remember it and if you do has it affected you in a way of
shock or startle you. According to Perry, para. 4, 1996 As television and other
forms of electronic media become increasingly more 3 violent, children under
the age of eighteen are subjected to scenes of murder, while they sit
comfortably in their own homes. This can be anywhere from “20,000 to 75,000” different
acts of murder viewed by millions of children each day.

You might argue that violence in our world and country is
normal as almost every teenager has somehow been affected by war
directly/indirectly but the depletion of it in media plus the absence of fear
and personal interest can somehow normalize the act. The Huesman and Eron study
on cumulative effects of TV watching and real-world criminality argue in their
study that; “watching violent TV did not correlate with real-world violence or
criminality when measured concurrently at ages 8 and 30. No, it correlated with
violence watching at eight and criminal behavior at 30”. In effect, media
exposure to created scripts, not impulses according to Fischoff, para. 45, 1999
if a child comes from a healthy home with strong, positive parental
involvement, then violence in the media might disturb them, but they are not
likely to act on it. But those children who have experienced abusive
childhoods, and are bombarded with the 4 media’s super real images have stored
them as “behavioral scripts” they see violence as the solution for
conflicts, and that is where the danger lies according to  Committee on public education, para. 13, 2001