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Televisions influence on crime and violence.

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Televisions influence on crime and violence Television news, due primarily to its obsession with crime and violence, definitely has a negative impact upon our society. TV news is basically an oxymoron; giving us the skin of the truth stuffed with a lie. A news program should be focused on the facts, with perhaps some objective analysis. However, for business purposes, TV news broadcasts use dramatic, usually violent stories and images to capture and maintain an audience, under the pretence of keeping it informed. What we see and hear on the news affects us both consciously and subconsciously, and sends us about our lives unnecessarily fearing the remote dangers that we see excessively portrayed on the evening news. This fact is especially true for our children, who are defenceless against this onslaught of malevolence being brought into our very living rooms in the guise of informative reporting. Why is it that bad news is the only news? ...read more.

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It interests us, captivates us3/4 we're riveted. In a way, we experience vicariously the very things we dread. These stories are a highly charged, visceral experience for viewers, and when one of them breaks, there isn't a TV station that's not covering it or a person that isn't talking about it. Journalistically, violent crime pays; it's cheap to report and it grabs attention. Common sense dictates that stations whose newscasts stress crime-and-violence reporting can cut staff (fewer are needed because the visuals and story line are provided by the events) and improve ratings at the same time (the visuals are compelling for viewers). In fact, crime coverage seems to dominate the available news time. Politics, education, the environment and business average just seconds of attention (excluding, of course, the few weeks prior to an election). This overabundance of crime and violence on TV news inflates the public's fears for personal safety. It is clear that images have immense power to influence behavior, for good or ill. ...read more.

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Crime statistics go down, yet coverage of crime on TV news increases. Television news seems compelled to "inform" its viewers of all of the latest crimes, tragedies, and disasters, as though these are the only stories worth presenting. But is this really news, and is it a responsible thing for the networks to be doing, or is it a blatant abuse of power? The journalistic "powers that be" could make better use of their resources by at least reporting an imminent threat, to which perhaps the viewers could react (and possibly help deter), rather than to simply show us the devastation that has already occurred, solely for its "entertainment" value. It is a spiritual law that whatever is focused upon increases; we "sow what we reap." Hence, violence begets violence; fear begets fear; and the dismal world depicted on the evening news becomes a self-fulfilling one. Things are getting worse on TV and all of us, especially our children, are paying a hefty price. If only we could change the old clich´┐Ż to, "no news is bad news," it might indeed come to be so. ...read more.

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