We all see it nowadays: violence, drug use, drinking, and rape. Violence is in so many movies, TV shows, and video games. 10 to 15 years ago, violence in the media wasn’t as common, and I even remember when most movies kept things like nudity and drinking to a minimum.
I don’t believe it’s necessary to remove every violent or obscene scene in the media. However, it’s sad to know that seeing a woman’s assault or the murder of an innocent child is just part of our lives now. With the tragedies happening around the world, We can only wonder how much the media influenced our current world tragedies.
Yes, there are federations that require movies and video games to rate their products for appropriateness before they hit the shelves. Still, this doesn’t prevent violent previews from showing before movies and young children watching inappropriate content on their own. We watch shows or movies that are incredibly violent, but often don’t even think twice about it.
To an extent, the violence in the media is necessary because it depicts real situations that people of all ages go through. But how much is too much? How can adults stay away from drugs and excessive drinking when they’ve watched it on TV all their lives?
The media is good at what they do, and unfortunately that influence seeps into all of the violent content we see. I believe that the majority of parents and guardians do their best to “filter” what their children see, but that’s not always the case. So what is the solution to this never-ending cycle of negative influences?
Public service announcements are a great way to spread the message that certain behavior can be harmful — no matter how much the media glamorizes it. Those commercials about things like nicotine addiction and drunk driving show the lasting impacts of young adults’ decisions.
No matter how we get the message across, we need to show that this behavior impacts others too. Drinking and driving can affect the passengers in your car, oncoming drivers, and even pedestrians. Sending sexual pictures will not only potentially put the sender in a risky place, but it can also impact the receiver. No person is above the law, and we need to remind others that every action has consequences.
There is no sure way to limit how much violence and risky behavior we see in the media o. Many of us recognize right from wrong, but the more we see violence or explicit content, the more desensitized to it we will become. The best thing we can do is spread awareness about how these media messages impact all of us and find others who share our values.