The media is cluttered with acts of violence

Violence on television has increased through the years,, March 25, 2013.

A point not developed is that the violence has become, as the years have passed, more and more gory, gratuitous, and laced with sexual content, i.e., rape and murder are mingled.

Kevin Bacon on Fox TV's THE FOLLOWING.

Kevin Bacon on Fox TV’s THE FOLLOWING.

Two experts of note are mentioned. A scholarly article by Dr Eugene Beresin, an old colleague of mine from Harvard, is paraphrased. The point is clear: media violence does impact on children in terms of their tendencies toward aggression.

And George Gerbner, longtime expert on the media, is highlighted. His idea about how watching violent media leads to the development of the so-called ‘mean world syndrome’ stands front and center in this article. He was one of the first experts to suggest that desensitization to violence via chronic media watching is becoming a broad based national problem.