Violence on TV is Not to Blame


In the light of recent acts of violence, many have hypothesized that the brutality in television and Video Games is at fault. That being said vulgarity should be left out of those mediums. However, a simple look at this issue can provide a real answer for why the rate of mass violence has been increasing.

After the shooting at Newtown, Media coverage was exhausting. The killer, Adam Lanza, was put on headlines everywhere. The masses were obsessed with finding Lanza’s motives, his story, even pictures. It seemed that they wanted a villain to hate on, rather than victims to remember. By glorifying the killer they made him famous. The media is sending a dangerous message; if one commits a terrible mass crime, they will be remembered forever. This only causes further harm and brings up an interesting predicament for the news networks and the media. Media! Stop over reporting on violence and help prevent further crimes, or continue to over report and encourage the crazy. A combined 24 million people watched the evening news the week of the Newtown shooting, compared with 16 million the week before and 19 million the week after.

The drive for higher ratings has led to violence in entertainment being the scapegoat of what is really partly the fault of the news networks. Violence in entertainment is not to blame, since it has been around since Ancient Rome, with gladiator fights, and can be seen every day on TV. Other factors, including over reporting and mental illness are at fault, not video games and violence on TV.