The Power of the Media
Length: 420 words (1.2 double-spaced pages)
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Movies and music lyrics, especially nowadays, promotes violence and also tolerance to violence. Bands like, Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath, project and image of “horror” and violence in their shows and their songs. For example, the band Alice Cooper, every night during his shows, would “execute” himself using a guillotine. Rigged of course. There are obviously ways to do that. But that can still be very traumatizing experience for some people. Another example, Black Sabbath, has a song about suicide. And I don’t know this for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised is somewhere, some kind of depressed kid committed suicide as a result of that song. Because of all these contributing factors, people don’t react to violence in the world because they see and hear it so much in the media. Excessive exposure makes you more tolerant. The more you’re exposed to the violence and the negative things in the media, the more you think its okay when you see it for real.
Now some people may argue differently and say that censoring the media is bad idea because they think people should be able to choose what they want to watch or listen to, but when you’re making the decision to expose yourself to things that could instill the idea of bringing harm to not only yourself, but to other people, I think you kind of forfeit you right to make those decisions for yourself.