.. dcasters. Another reason why there should be no restrictions on cable is the plain and simple reason of the extra cost involved. You’re paying extra for the channel which in return should be a guaranteed form of free speech. Another fine example is MTV’s television show Beavis and Butthead. When Austin Messner set his house on fire a MTV spokesperson stated that I think it was a terrible tragedy.
But we do not feel that the program was responsible. As a compromise to the mother’s demand of pulling Beavis and Butthead from the air MTV, has moved Beavis and Butthead four hour later in the night and took off any references to fire in the program. To often television is not about protecting speech but protecting a business. Pretending otherwise is foolish.
Peoples perception of violence is different from one another. One person may perceive violence as a merely a fist fight between two people. On the other hand someone might think violence as a car jacking or igniting a subway token booth on fire. As demonstrated on a television program. Television doesn’t allow your imagination to run wild.
You are restricted to what the frame holds and what the director feels is appropriate for that particular scene. You are given visuals stimulations – 8 – in one point of view which is not necessarily correct. Bill Moyer stated that Journalists are suppose to gather, weigh, organize and evaluate information – not just put on picture. In other words journalists should go out and gather news as it happens not just doing it for the sake of ratings.
News programs will do what ever it takes for their story to be the best from the other networks. The more gore and violence a news program has, the better the story will be and more viewers will watch the news program. The evening news, sold as televisions time for serious analysis, increasing becomes an ever more predictable litany of each days killings and disasters. Serious information is secondary at best.
I don’t think that a news program should show the body of a person being pulled out from the river. They should have respect for the family and friends of the victims. Do you think that the news should show the victims? Attorney General Janet Reno said that networks do not take action on what they air Congress would. As a direct result from her statement executives for A Current Affair’ admitted that violent content of the program was softened and more advertisers were willing to buy time.
Another television format that is not actually news is termed hard core news coverage. Shows like COPS and the infamous O.J. Simpson chase are two examples of this format. In other words, when the viewers are tired of fiction, they turn to items that are not necessarily news worthy, but they draw in many viewers because the pictures are very dramatic and graphic. – 9 – News shows are on the air for a specific reason and that is to inform the public. They have the right under the first amendment to show whatever the producers feel is news.
News programs with the best raw footage wins the audience and the ratings. The more gore and violence a news story has more and more viewers will watch the story. Viewers are aware more to image than audio so if viewers see explicit violence on a news program they tend to remember that story and discuss it later among friends and family. There are many detrimental and beneficial affects of explicit sexuality and violent acts. Some of the detrimental effects of sex and violence in the media are the in your face attitudes like Beavis and Butthead present not just violent behavior but cynical attitudes about the meaning of life ,value of community and dignity of the human person. With people imitating what they see on television directors and producers should kept in mind what they are making and how society might react to their programs.
If people continue to imitate what they see on television it just proves to you that many people rely on television not just as a babysitter but as a device that influences young children to act violent in times of revenge. People must learn from past experience that if you do decide to lay own in the middle of a highway, as viewers did after watching The Program’ people do get hurt or even die. People should watch and learn from the television and from any aspect of television programming that if you do not learn from you mistakes you are doomed to repeat it. Children as well as adults see violent acts on television and believe that its alright to use violence as a way alleviate anger by actions – 10 – that are unlawful.
But since the character get away with the crimes many individuals in the real world believe that they can get away with it as well. The more violent acts that are realistically portrayed the more likely it is to be imitated. Children are more likely to imitate characters they see. Actors that portray violence like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2, and Conan the Barbarian.
Some of the beneficial effects of sex and violence in the media are that some people might have a brain in their head and watch the news of how a child burned his house up accidentally killed his younger sister. People maybe have seen this and made a mental note to make such this never happens again. If congress does intervene with the networks on what they broadcast there would be more programs that aren’t entertaining but educational. These programs might help children decide what is right and what is wrong. We all know that killing a person is wrong but many children think that its okay because they see it on television.
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