Violence on Television: Violence is Everywhere” I never learned which party was victorious, nor the cause of the war, But Ifelt for the rest of that day, as if I had had my feelings excited and harrowedby witnessing the struggle…”(Henry David Thoreau)These days our whole life seems to revolve around violence. There are somany channels on TV that advocate violence on a daily basis. Sports that we seeevery Sunday stir up aggressiveness and bring anger to a high level. Aroundschool conflicts seem to occur frequently. We get excited whenever we comeacross these situations and sometimes don’t know what caused the ordeal in thefirst place but nevertheless it grabs us and we become involved, mentally and/orphysically.
The television set is a virtual fire hose of violence being forced into ourminds. Whenever there is a boxing match that is a bigger fight than usual, Pay-Per-View is always there charging anywhere from thirty to sixty dollars so wecan all sit back, relax, and watch two men(or women) dance around a ring andbeat the brains out of each other. God I love America! Even on basic cable wehave these wonderful children’s programs like The Mighty Morphine Power Rangers,cartoons (eventhogh I love them), and the V.R. Troopers, to name a couple.
Surprise! they are either based on fighting or getting smashed by trucks and welaugh and we love it. It’s hard to beat watching someone else beat up on afteryou just had a bad day.
Football and hockey, can’t beat them but no one really cares about theprinciple of the game we all just want to see the big hits. When watchingfootball highlights the things they love to show the most are the career endingtackles usually before they even show the scores, hey who cares about the scoreafter you just saw some guy get annihilated by a 250 pound linebacker, we justget excited about the hit. Hockey, The sport in which you can get a nice fiveminute break for kicking the not out of someone during. You have got to love itwhen the crowd is louder over the thirty second fight than they are during therest of the game.
For those who think violence is only restricted to TV Land, well there isviolence in our high school as well(shocker, huh?). Well every once in a whilewe get to witness a lovely fist-fight between two or more students, and theoccasional unwilling faculty member. Those brawls aren’t blown-off by thestudents either. Nah, we love to see a good fight and talk about it after theday is over.
It’s sad to say but violence is one of our national staples. Whether youare a hill-billy from the Ozarks or a millionaire counting you’re thousanddollar bills in you’re penthouse in downtown Manhattan you have experiencedviolence in one shape or form. After everything’s all said and done sometimesyou forget what the fight was about. Whether it’s human nature or somethinginstilled over time, violence is a part of our lives and we just have to dealwith it.