Violence in media
It is a debate that doesn’t seem to go away, does seeing violence in the media, make you violent? There are always concerns that children who play violent video games will be violent as adolescence and adults. But is this true?
The article The Impact of Electronic Media Violence: Scientific Theory and Research by Huesmann 2007, explores these ideas through studies that look at links between Electronic media and Violence.
Due to a complete change in society that sees everyone, including children saturated with electronic media impacts on children’s beliefs and values are supposedly being seen (Huesmann 2007).
Huesmann (2007) states that “media violence as visual portrayals of acts of physical aggression by one human or human-like character against another”. This is saying that media violence is simply when we see violence on media devices. This is contrasted with the definition of aggressive behaviour, referring to acts that are intended to injure or irritate another person, with the Aggression being classed as physical or nonphysical, and can include acts of violence (Huesmann 2007).
There is a clear message portrayed throughout the article that message being that, media violence cannot be the sole contributor into making someone violent. This can be backed up using the example of the Auora shooting in Colorado USA, when a gunman dressed as batman let loose in a midnight screening of the newest Batman movie.
At no point could anyone say that the violence in Batman was the sole cause that led to the shooting within the cinema, but the combination of violence depicted within the films and a sever mental issues is what is most likely.
Quantitative research, with the use of numerous statistics can be seen throughout the article to take a further look into the questions Huesmann is investigating.
In depth discussion over other experiments conducted are also explored. One example being an experiment conducted with 396 7–9 years old boys who watched either a violent or a nonviolent film before playing a game of floor hockey in school to see if there was an obvious difference (Huesmann 2007)
Results supposed what has previously been said, with boys who teachers knew to be frequently aggressive, the combination of the violent film and the game saw them being the most aggressive(Huesmann 2007).
This result backs up that previously mentioned idea that combination of watching violent media with an attitude and mental capacity that precedes you to being violent anyway, can lead to an increase of aggression, rather than the media being the root cause.
Huesmann, L 2007, ‘The Impact of Electronic Media Violence: Scientific Theory and Research’, Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 41, no. 6.