3- Do you think news channels need to censor violencecoverage? Why? Explain and give examples.On the race on who gets the bloodiest and most violentexplicit footage, our news channels forget the effect it holds on viewers,while many might argue that viewers are not passive and should not be treatedas so and I agree with that. But not all viewers are mature or ready for theimages aired on our TV.Some children and teenagers are watching with/withouttheir parents according to Committee on public education, para.
9-10, 2001 “Childrenare influenced by media –they learn by observing, imitating, and makingbehaviors their own. Aggressive attitudes and behaviors are learned byimitating observed models. Research has shown that the strongest singlecorrelate with violent behavior is previous exposure to violence…Titillatingviolence in sexual context and comic violence is particularly dangerous becausethey associate positive feelings with hurting others”.Also, we have to remember that the Lebanese householdsfamily dynamic and parenting is not 100% healthy as almost 1 out of 3 accordingto Hemayah NGO encounters physical or psychological violence during theirappraise so watching those scene on TV while sitting comfortably at home cantrigger something in them. Just ask yourself of the last violent scene you’vewatched on TV, do you remember it and if you do has it affected you in a way ofshock or startle you.
According to Perry, para. 4, 1996 As television and otherforms of electronic media become increasingly more 3 violent, children underthe age of eighteen are subjected to scenes of murder, while they sitcomfortably in their own homes. This can be anywhere from “20,000 to 75,000” differentacts of murder viewed by millions of children each day.You might argue that violence in our world and country isnormal as almost every teenager has somehow been affected by wardirectly/indirectly but the depletion of it in media plus the absence of fearand personal interest can somehow normalize the act. The Huesman and Eron studyon cumulative effects of TV watching and real-world criminality argue in theirstudy that; “watching violent TV did not correlate with real-world violence orcriminality when measured concurrently at ages 8 and 30. No, it correlated withviolence watching at eight and criminal behavior at 30”.
In effect, mediaexposure to created scripts, not impulses according to Fischoff, para. 45, 1999if a child comes from a healthy home with strong, positive parentalinvolvement, then violence in the media might disturb them, but they are notlikely to act on it. But those children who have experienced abusivechildhoods, and are bombarded with the 4 media’s super real images have storedthem as “behavioral scripts” they see violence as the solution forconflicts, and that is where the danger lies according to Committee on public education, para.