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'Violence on television is a primary cause of violence in real life' - Discuss.

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'Violence on television is a primary cause of violence in real life' In answer to this question I believe that TV isn't the primary cause of violence. In this essay I will try to show you why I think this. It is true that the incidence of violence today is increasing, but I don't personally believe that TV is the culprit on this occasion. We can see violence in many places; we only need to walk around rough areas of our towns to find realistic examples of people fighting. Not only this, but some modern music has violent overtones which may lead to the listener being more aggressive themselves. ...read more.

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It provides you with an image of these poor children being left on their own with nothing to do but to watch TV. It makes you feel sorry for them. I believe this is evidence of emotional blackmail. It is important to point out that the following was also mentioned in the article: "Nobody denies that parents have a duty; that they can, and should, do more to stop their children viewing unsuitable programmes". I am convinced that this is the crux of the matter. We need to remember that well balanced adults and teenagers should be able to cope with viewing violence on TV. Therefore it is the responsibility of the parents to make sure their children don't watch inappropriate programs. ...read more.

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Although I do know that some violence on TV is excessive, I also know that much of it mirrors reality. If we know about the problems around us, and know about how to react to it in our own minds, then we shouldn't be affected by what we see on TV. In conclusion, I think it is important for me to stress that violence is all around us, but we need to look inside ourselves, before we start blaming other people for the problems in our society. Maybe if we did this, then we might witness a decrease in the levels of violence as well. TV, whether it is good, bad or funny is just showing a mirrored view of the world around us. It cannot be blamed for people's personal interpretations and reactions. By Kirsty-Anne Luke ...read more.

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