TV Violence Increases Violent Crime Persuasive Essay by Nicky

TV Violence Increases Violent Crime
A persuasive paper that television violence increases violent crime.
# 149570 | 1,382 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 23, 2011 in Communication (Television) , Psychology (Social) , Child, Youth Issues (General)

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The paper argues that the violence depicted on our television screens encourages criminal behavior, especially among the youth. The paper looks at studies that show how the depiction of violence on television allows children to see violence and aggression as a 'normal' response to real life situations, thus reducing their sensitivity to criminal acts.

Television and a Violent Reality

From the Paper:

"There is no doubt that in recent years there has been an increase of crime in the United States and many other developed countries. What is of interest in terms of this tropic is that this increase in crime is highest among younger people and adolescents.
In the first instance there has been a radical increase in the number of people in prison in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics for 2005, "During the year that ended last June 30, the nation's prison and jail population grew 2.6 percent, reaching 2,186,230 inmates behind bars". (NATION'S PRISON AND JAIL POPULATION GREW 2.6 PERCENT DURING 12 MONTHS THAT ENDED JUNE 30, 2005). One also has to take into account that since 1995 the number of people behind bars in the United States has increased by more than 600,000 inmates. (NATION'S PRISON AND JAIL POPULATION GREW 2.6 PERCENT DURING 12 MONTHS THAT ENDED JUNE 30, 2005) This figure includes a very high percentage of younger offenders.
"This increase in crime has many reasons, including economic and social factors. However, one factor that has certainly contributed to this increase in a less obvious way is the amount of violence on television. While it is true that one cannot state that television violence is a direct cause of violence, the following argument will suggest that it is one of leading motivating causes of contemporary violence in our society."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bogart, L. The Age of Television: A Study of Viewing Habits and the Impact of Television on American Life (3rd ed.). New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing. 1956
  • Kubey, R., & Csikszentmihalyi, M. Television and the Quality of Life: How Viewing Shapes Everyday Experience. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.1990.
  • NATION'S PRISON AND JAIL POPULATION GREW 2.6 PERCENT DURING 12 MONTHS THAT ENDED JUNE 30, 2005. U.S. Department of Justice. Bureau of Justice Statistics July22, 2009. <>
  • The Impact of television violence. July24, 2009. <>

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