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Violence in the Media Essay Instance

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Some think that violence in the media is to blame for violence in people, but that argument is undermined by the recognition that violence existed long before video games and television. Actually, violence has actually been steadily decreasing since these items have been rising in popularity. Critics of social websites appear to long for the "good old days"; a while before there was violence from the media. These critics fail to acknowledge that those "good old days" were really far more violent than today. While violence is still current in modern society, it pales compared to the violence that was once a part of everyday life. For most of human history, most people have lived lives commanded by violence. From primitive predators killing for food through centuries of society built around war, violence has never been less a portion of the human experience as it is today. Horrific acts of violence such as the holocaust, the Salem witch trials, and lynchings all happened before the advent of contemporary violent media. The people of Salem did not listen to Tupac, violent racists didn't all play Grand Theft Auto, and Hitler never watched Saw III. Even comparatively recently, violence has long been more popular in society since it is now. Violent hazing, domestic violence, and child abuse were all even more common in society before the growth in popularity of violent media. Historically, actual life violence was declining at almost the identical rate as violence in entertainment has been increasing. It is almost a reverse relationship between both. "History alone should call a link into question... historians attribute the decrease to improving social controls over violence" (30). An improvement in the efficacy of police...

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