Societies Scapegoat




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SOCIETIES SCAPEGOAT

Youth crimes are on a continual rise. It seems
that everyday violent offenders keep getting younger
and more aggressive. We turn on the news only to hear
that a ten year old mugged,shot,stabbed,beat or blew
up one of his peers. With crimes on the rise
involving children, people begin to look for a cause.
Society, when looking for a scapegoat, becomes worse
than a blood thirsty lynch mob at a witch trial.
Usually the most obvious source of violence within a
home is the television. However, in most cases it is
not the true cause. With the TV in the forefront of
virtually every home in the civilized world, it\'s no
wonder that it\'s the easiest target for criticism.
It\'s elementary to blame the tube for a child\'s
behavior; it\'s a quick and easily identified source of
violence within a youths confined world. The TV many
times is identified as the cause of aggressive acts to
avoid dealing with other underlying issues. Society
today has an entire array of different afflictions
that plague us from day to day. The television is of
very little significance alongside the landfill of
troubles that influence children today. Besides,
trying to get networks to cut out violence and
aggression entirely would be like trying to get Jesus
Christ to write a top ten list of reasons why
Christianity sucks. (It\'s not going to happen.)


TV is not the reason that our youth courts are
filled to capacity with court dockets so hideous you
would swear that you were looking at the start of the
apocalypse. Television programs are not the reason
for the apparent increase in adolescent crime. If you
find yourself picking up your kids from the police
station all the time, it\'s not the TV\'s fault!!!
There are no significant consequences for youth crime
in our justice system. Maybe we should impose stiffer
penalties on violent offenders, instead of more
censorship on TV. Kids would not have such a tendency
to mug, beat, strangle or shoot their peers if there
were tougher consequences for doing so.


The Japanese are responsible for some of the most
violent cartoons ever created to date. I mean these
things make our R rated movies look like a walk in the
park. Japanese cartoons display bloodshed and drug
induced murdering sprees as if they were nothing.
Even with all this vicious behavior on Japanese
televisions, the youth crime and aggressive behavior
is one tenth of ours. How can this be? Because the
Japanese have adopted a zero tolerance policy for
criminal behavior and reprimand criminals with a
vengeance. Japanese society realized that blaming
things like TV for violent behavior is unacceptable.
Instead, the Japanese have taught their public that
aggression in reality and on TV do not go hand in
hand. (Or as I would say, "it\'s not the TV\'s
fault!!!")


A healthy amount of violence within children\'s
programs in my mind is perfectly acceptable and
necessary. Violence in moderation teaches children
about situations that may be encountered outside of
their home, and helps them to deal with such
incidents. Kids are aggressive in nature, and a child
who grows up on Barney, the Purple Dinosaur, and Mary
Poppins is likely to have a difficult time dealing
with other kids. Face it, children need a certain
amount of bellicosity to balance out all the bubbly
behavior that some of these idiotic child role models
portray: like Barney, who should be committed to an
asylum. (I know if I was forced to watch Barney at an
early age I probably would have blown up the house.)
You may ask, "why do children need a balance of
violence and aggression at all, why don\'t we just
program happy shows all the time?" Because human kind
has always been an aggressive species and probably
will continue to be. By not preparing your children
for acts of rabidity you are preparing them to be
future victims. And if your child is beat up at
school, it\'s not the TV\'s fault!!! (Maybe it\'s time
to let little Jack or Jill watch the Power Rangers, or
a Rocky episode or two.)


I do, however, agree with one of the points
people are trying to make against children viewing
violence. A five year old child should not be
witnessing Freddy hack off human extremities with
chain saws and axes. This is where the parents should
be stepping in to filter out what their little bambino
is taking in. Certain programs are oriented to
different age groups and viewing should be controlled,
not removed through censorship. Parents want strict
censorship because they don\'t think it\'s possible for
them to control what their children watch. After all
there are TV\'s at friends