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Violence on TV

The main aim of this paper is to talk about violence in the programming on TV today, and to examine one current show on TV relating to crime and violence for the purpose of to understand how that particular program might influence youth.

There is no doubt that many detective stories, TV shows, action films and other programs have become models for committing real crimes in our ordinary life. According to Moeller (2001), violence on the screen is dangerous to its viewers because, for instance, juveniles tend to believe everything that is said on the screen.

Nowadays, much more TV shows demonstrate acts of violence and different examples of criminal behaviour that provide the growth of juvenile delinquency in our society. It seems to me that the most violent TV show is Dexter. Dexter is a kind of TV series which shows that dual morale is possible in our life, and juveniles should choose by themselves the way of own life. On the one hand, we see a good police person who is trying to protect people, but, on the other hand, we can see a serial killer, who kills only bad people. It is understandable that evil should be punished, but we have law and specific order in our world and there is no place to frontier justice in it. In such a way, Dexter greatly influence on modern youth.

Let us explore possible influence of violent TV series and shows on juveniles. Firstly, juveniles who watch a lot of programs containing scenes of violence, accept violence as a legitimate way to resolve conflicts. Secondly, viewing scenes of violence makes young people more vulnerable to violence in real life. Thirdly, the more a juvenile sees violence on the screen, the more likely that he/she will become a victim of violence. Fourthly, if the young person prefers watching TV programs containing scenes of violence, there is much more likely that he will grow up as an aggressive person and commits a crime in future life.

Thus, we have talked about violence in the programming on TV today and showed its possible negative impacts on modern youths.



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