“I didn’t teach him to pull the trigger of the gun, It’s the killing on his TV screen – You can’t blame me, it’s those images he sees.”

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People are constantly looking for someone or something to ‘blame’ for their actions or someone Else’s – I would know, I do it too! It’s almost as though nothing can go without a reason in today’s society – In particular, I am speaking about the media and how often it can get blamed for the way persons in society behaviour whether negatively, or positively. It can’t be left alone to how the person thinks, no way! It has to be due to something they have read, seen on television or on movies or heard from their peers, family or colleagues who have acted out due to these media sources condoning their behaviour. Though society is becoming increasingly anxious about the way media is representing violence, and why people seem to be acting out based upon what it shown on their televisions.

Of course, this isn’t a new thing to be happening, people have always searched for ways that they can justify someone else’s behaviour – while criticising the media and trying to blame someone for their anxieties. Violence is a very particular way in which this happens. Violence in the media, in particular movies and television shows – has been for years, and will constantly blamed for how people act out – even if it’s hard to prove that the person being violent has actually watched said violent shows or movies. A rather contreversial topic of a way the media can be blamed for some individual’s violent and awful behaviour is the event of the Columbine High School Massacre on Colorado, April 20, 1999. Ultimately – computer games where the protagonist is encouraged to ‘shoot’ people in a violent manner, was blamed for the tragedy. Other arguments decided to blame the two boy’s (Dylan Klebbold and Eric Harris) on mental instability and psychological issues, though either reason doesn’t change the issue – and people will still be just as anxious about the violence.

Societies backlash against the media – in particular video games being the cause of the mass murder at the two teen boy’s hands – was highly backed up by the evidence that Eric Harris, one of the shooters had created and modified his own video game, the floor plan on a level being entirely of the Columbine High School where the shooting was set to take place. The objective of the game was to kill everything that moved – suggesting that the shooting was premeditated and highly organised between the boys, however, Harris wasn’t alone in creating the game levels, as his accomplice (Klebold) was also helping him to create it. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, from Simon Wiesenthal Center who was the one to have found the homemade game, has said “Here, they set the rules, this was maybe even a dry run for the massacre that took place in real life.”

I’ve also noticed other media outlets have noticed the way the media is always to blame for violence, and why anxious people and so quick to blame them; such as singer Jack Johnson and his song, ‘Cookie Jar,’ (2003.) His lyrics write, “It was you it was me it was every man, We all got the blood on our hands. We only receive what we demand. And if we want hell then hell is what well have” Based on the other lyrics which speak in first person about families of children who had killed people, and they blame it on the media, however the media defends themselves claiming it’s, “what people want to see.” This couldn’t be more correct, it’s a constant cycle and society needs somebody to blame, the media is the easiest – it doesn’t help that the media is constantly glorifying murder and the use of guns, as seen in ‘Spring Breakers, (Harmony Korine, 2013.)

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8 thoughts on ““I didn’t teach him to pull the trigger of the gun, It’s the killing on his TV screen – You can’t blame me, it’s those images he sees.”

  1. Jason P. Brennar says:

    You’re right, people always need someone to blame. That, in itself, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re completely wrong though. Recent research indicates that a child’s brain reacts to televised violence the same way they react to real violence. With extended exposure, the brain actually adapts to what it perceives to be violent conditions. Desensitization is only the beginning.

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      • Jason P. Brennar says:

        It’s been so long the article has disappeared into the search history and I can’t find it. Sorry. It makes sense, if you think about it, though. When I was four, watching the A Team and whatnot, I understood guns, shooting and the death penalty but not blanks, squibs or special effects. For some time, I thought the people killed on TV were death row inmates. I literally thought I was watching real violence, therefore it seems plausible my brain was processing it in the same way.

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  2. holliecolquhoun95 says:

    You’re so right. I 100% agree with your arguments, in fact the way i tackled this issue was pretty darn similar! Maybe it’s time we, instead of highlighting the media’s involvement, turned the attention to ourselves as a society, after all sometimes it’s art that imitates life… Great read, keen to see more! 🙂

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