Technology And Television Essay Research Paper Technology

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Technology And Television Essay, Research Paper Technology and Television Adrian Dominguez Professor Fourzan English November 30, 1999 Technology has created many good things for humanity such as cures for illnesses, ways to make transportation faster and many other things. Yet technology has also done harm to human culture, and it is easily spread to many people all over the world. This dark side is communication, either by television or radio, violence is spread everyday. The most affected are children because they are young, easily persuaded and their innocence can not distinguish right and wrong. Children tend to see violence as a ?funny factor? and practice it not only at home but also in other places like school, playgrounds and stores. Children are more likely to be

affected by cartoon violence. This is because in a cartoon a character can easily be destroyed and revived five minutes later with no serious injury. Not only do children think this is funny, but think it is true because no one tells them that it is make believe. Reports say that this might cause children to commit serious crimes because their is little or no consequence. (Official AAP website pg. 1) Violence is what sells these days from every day cartoons like Power Rangers to Pokemon, each show contains someone being seriously injured and in seconds being cured. Networks should explain to children that the acts of violence are made up: in a fun and simple way that they can understand. Television violence leads to many problems. CYFC stated in an article that ?Just as children

learn from their family they also learn from their super heroes. (Official CYFC Webpage pg. 1) children tend to become either fighters or victims and may encourage or provoke fights among friends. Many schools began to ban Pokemon trading cards not only because children did not pay attention in class, but because they would fight each other for the cards. This type of violence is encouraged by commercials because if a child does not have the product they are not cool or part of the group. Also the more a child sees violent acts of crime the more they become immune to it. For example a child will lose all emotions and will have no sympathy to the victims of crime. They might also think that it is funny and laugh at people just as they would if they were watching

television.(Official AAp Webpage) Violence is not only in cartoons it is also in movies like Austin Powers the Spy Who Shagged Me. The name itself has a hidden meaning, the word shagged is not appropriate. Their one bit in the movie that shows a woman being shot, blown up with a bazooka, and thrown out a window. When the bit is over Austin asks her why don?t you want to die? Another bit shows a rocket in the shape of the male genitalia and is then described in many forms. A child may see their parents laugh and repeat these words in a place where they should not be spoken. What if the child finds a gun in their parent?s drawers and decides to shoot their brother or sister? No longer would it be funny and the child may become traumatized. Parents, not only the networks, should

take the time to explain to their children that it is only make-believe. This can prevent a horrible accident from ever occurring, because now a child knows better. Violence is not only on television it is also on the radio and the music people like to hear. Many songs portray women as low creatures that are beaten by their pimps or how drugs, alcohol and guns are ?cool? and solve every problem. their are times when a person turns on the radio and does not notice what the lyrics mean. While the music is on a child can be listening and slowly will begin to decipher what the singer is implying. As the Child begins to make sense of what the singer means they might end up practicing what their role models sing. They might use drugs or commit acts of violence because the singers do it