Debating Perspective . 8 lab – 3.2.4. Media Violence. What is Media Violence?
8 lab – 3.2.4
What is Media Violence?
Media violence results primarily from television programs, but also from violent music, stories, sports and news stories, according to Iowa State University. The school notes that the National Television Violence Study defines violence as having three components: (a) intention to harm, (b) the physical nature of the harm and (c) the involvement of animate beings. Media violence includes depictions of physical force, threats and harmful consequences that occur as a result of unseen violent acts, which are labeled as violent depictions, credible threats, behavioral acts and harmful consequences.
"Violence is behavior that is abusive, threatening, or hurtful. It may take a variety of forms, including physical, emotional, verbal or regulatory (restrictions, laws, rules) methods and abuses.”
Tom and Jerry
After watching the videos, explain how each portrayed media violence.
What are some examples of media in your lives that depict violent content (video games, film, news, etc...)?
What is your opinion and/or objections to media violence?
What objections do your parents, guardians, and/or teachers have? Are they the same or different from their objections? Why?
Primetime television, one might argue, is very entertaining and does not have harmful effects on its viewers. What is your of opinion or objection to media violence?
What objections do your parents, guardians, and/or teachers have towards media violence? Are these viewpoints the same or do they differ from yours? Explain.
You will read two articles regarding media violence. Complete the following steps while reading:
You will complete this strategy for both articles!
What is media violence? Example.
Explain how this affects society.
What is your perspective of media violence?
Now that you have read the articles on media violence, select one to represent your perspective
Complete the “Comparing Perspectives” organizer.
***SAVE THIS ORGANIZER, YOU WILL USE IT FOR THE FOLLOWING DAY’S ACTIVITY***
Prepare a speech to address the author’s claim on media violence. Your speech must include:
Share your speech with the class. As a class we’ll work together to identify the claim, evidence and support provided.