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Anyway, I'm debating on whether children-or really, anybody- can justifiably blame their acts of violence on the media, which nowadays shows a lot of violence. For example, an eight-year-old is watching the Simpsons and later has an obsession with the word "gun" and everything that has to do with the word "gun." Is watching the Simpsons really the entire cause of this unexpected obsession and can the kid blame it on the Simpsons?
No, I don't think we can blame the media directly
. We can point our fingers that way crying, "Desensitizing!" (which I think is quite real), but ultimately each person 1) Has a choice whether or not to watch such stuff -and- 2) Makes their individual choices on what they do or don't do.
Something else. Although I'll be the first in line with my "I hate the Media"-tshirt, I think it's wise to keep in mind that media outlets are businesses
. As such, what stays
on, does so because it sells. What sells is what we turn on, leave on or otherwise pay money to go see. In other words: We may not like what's being shown, but as consumers we must bear at least some (if not most) of the responsibility for what's being offered. There are some correlations, but causal indicators - I'm not sure of.
As far as children go
: From personal experience comes from a rather embarrassing episode from my youngest boy. He had taken to watching wrestling with his friends while being babysat. We knew about it, but as young parents didn't think much of it. One summer day when he was out wrestling with other neighborhood boys in the yard (as young dudes do), he climbed up on a fire hydrant, jumped, and (imitating a move he'd seen on WWF) came crashing down on another boy's forearm; snapping it. After all this came to light, his mother and I felt horrible and realizing our responsibility here, took full responsibility for the bills incurred (as well as a hefty amount of humble apologies). The lesson here (at least for me) was that although violence doesn't necessarily lead pathologically to violence, young children are often just very
susceptible to 'ideas'. We learned a hard lesson
Lots of facets to this issue