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Media effects theories

It’s thought that Media can effect certain people of certain ages in ways that are never fully figured out, teenagers can be middle of the road since they get influenced by certain media but during the first 8 years of their lives, children develop certain skills in their way of growing up  since they will be learning certain things.

It’s easy to say that video games can be a way of children learning to be violent though games have rating on them showing what the right age for them to play the game is, if children are playing a game they shouldn’t then that could be the parents problem since they got them the game and they let them play it in the first place since some games such as Yakuza and Grand Theft Auto (GTA) tend to be too realistic for younger audience’s that they will either develop those skills or be scared from those actions but at the same time their are games intended to younger players for kids as young as 3 to 12 which limits the violence, bad moments and nasty habits on what happens. However that can also be the opposite since the Norway shooter admitted that he played Modern Warfare 2 just to get the ideas of going on his shooting spree, because of that Norway has banned most first person shooter games. This tends to be a trend with certain countries banning certain games for what there is in violence and content, many counties banning GTA, Call of Duty and other games in those lines for violence, things that might offend cultures, moments that happen and   people won’t like and others like, nudity, gambling, sex or racism.

However a lot of TV and Music video’s can come into play since shows like Power Rangers and Teenage mutant ninja turtles while being kids shows tend to have a lot of violence to them dispite those shows being good vs evil however shows like World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) which used to be extremely violent for older viewers turned into a Parental guidance (PG) based show which would mean family based yet the violence can be over the top at times dispite those shows telling them to never try what they see at home for their safety, yet there can still be complaints about those shows for the violence, nasty bits of the shows or certain characters being too scary like Lord Zedd, Krang and Mark Henry. TV shows do try and make good with their target audience doing the right things but still get hammered in complaints. one example would be Tom and Jerry since while it’s more slapstick there tends to be more violence than any other show dispite being marketed for kids. As far as music video’s there can be moments that can be over the top moments such as characters doing nasty acts like fingering someone, alcohol drinking, women not wearing not much clothing and lip synching words that were censored in the song. swearing in music can be an issue at times since CD and download’s of the songs will go uncensored meaning if younger people are listening then a child just heard a nasty word though most CD’s do have a label saying what nasty’s there would be in the songs.

Film however also gets a lot of the issues, It was said that the 2 child murders of 1993 were influenced to kill just by watching child’s play 3 and a lot of backlash came to the developers who said that the kids must of been unstable to begin with. A lot of movies get the same treatment, some being banned in certain countries for portrayal of certain races, a lot of violence that can be brutal and at times unwatchable, fear of imitation of certain actions, scenes of rape and sexual abuse, heavy uses of blood and unwanted imagery. A good example is a film from Serbia called a Serbian film or as its called there Srpski Film in which has a heavy pornography based story which leads to a lot of violence, rape, murder and unknown amount of blood and Serbian swearing. At least 6 countries banned the movie with some versions being edited in others dispite the negative reception. Another example was a Clockwork Orange where director Stanley Kubrick who was British had a lot of angry fans on him saying his movie was too violent and gory and the film became banned in the UK until his death, the USA showed the movie but rated X and having to cut certain scenes and censor some moments for the films gory nature. Many people would assume this would be a copycat effect in that someone of a certain ages watches something and because of what goes on in the film their would be a slight chance that she or He’d go and start acting the way a character would and start doing the actions. In reality parents should limit what a child should watch or play and ensure that the child does the right things, learn what they would need to learn and don’t do the bad thing which could make them become a nasty child if not careful.

To say that video games and Movies are the truth to all violence in society is saying that God is the police, Parents should do the right things and teach their kids not to do certain acts, schools should teach them what’s right and wrong with the media and kids should be aware of what the right way in life is. copying something because they saw it on TV should not be a factor in their behaviour and they should be fully controlable for their actions.


Censorship Questionnaire Results

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Censorship Questionnaire

Censorship Questionnaire

 

Age…………..       Gender…………..

 

Q1. Do you purposely watch films or television shows with violent or sexual content?

 

Yes              No

 

Why?

 

 

Q2. Do you think that films and shows with violence can affect the viewer?

 

Yes              No

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Censorship Debate

There are certain types of censorship that have been the subject of debate for many years, the main ones being violence and sexual content. Although we as a society have mainly become desensitised to violence, there are still instances where it is deemed unsuitable. There have been debates over whether to censor TV because of certain programs that feature violence and sexual content, and how children may come across it and watch it. This is often spoken out against by those who claim that parents should have control over what their children watch, and that it is down to the parents responsibility rather than the government or censorship organisations to decide what is and isn’t suitable to be broadcast.

There are certain measurements in place to make sure that there is some control over how certain kinds of programs are broadcast, such as the watershed, in which after 9pm, programs that feature adult content can be broadcast.

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Censorship is important in certain cases because material that is deemed sensitive, e.g. political, military, religious has to be covered up to protect either the public or those involved in the footage.

“Video Nasty” is a term coined by Mary Whitehouse in a campaign to ban and censor violent films and television programs in order to protect children from watching them. Many films and TV programs banned and heavily censored  due to the rise in VHS tapes that featured extreme violent content.  At the time, video cassettes weren’t classified, meaning that young children were able to rent out the ultra violent films and watch them. Mary Whitehouse and many supporters wanted a censorship ban on all violent videos, and for censorship organisations to start putting certifications on films in order to stop young children from being exposed to them. Many raids were carried out and arrests were made on video rental shops that provided these “video nasties” to children. Even though many of these films were banned, since then they have been re-submitted to classification boards for reviewal, and eventually, for re-release.


Censorship Summed Up – A Video

A link to an animation summing censorship up. Awkwardly.

http://goanimate.com/videos/0ON8VfK7kfbs?utm_source=linkshare 


Censorship

Censorship debates are often covered in the news, and has been the centre of many discussions for years. Censorship when movies and cartoons were new has drastically changed, as certain bits of content were either not allowed to be shown or were . Over the years, it has become more relaxed, as we grow as a society, but it is still regulated carefully. Organisations have been set up to make it easier to watch and censor unsuitable material and to file complaints made by the public, to go on and fine those who have committed the offence.

Censorship has changed over the years, for example, cartoons for children in the 20’s to the 40’s were extremely racist and featured content that is considered unsuitable for children nowadays, but were acceptable back then, as it was a time when racial prejudices were rife within society, and apartheid was a big issue. Because these instances have been abolished, then the content would be extremely unsuitable for children nowadays, meaning that the cartoons are banned. This kind of censorship is widely regarded as justified and it is the correct thing to do.


Family Guy: PTV: The FCC: Censorship

In this second clip from ‘Family Guy’, the FCC try to censor out Peter’s swearing by blowing a horn to bleep all the swear words out.


Family Guy: The Freaking FCC: Censorship

This is a clip from ‘Family Guy’ in which members of the Griffin family sing a song about the FCC which tries to censor everything.


Debates: Censorship

Many things are censored in the media, mostly sex and swear words but occasionally violence, drugs and alcohol too. The main purpose of censorship is to protect the innocence of young people under the age of 18. Popular culture mocks censorship all the time and the general public seem to laugh every time they see the censorship sign. Even people posting videos on You Tube have censorship logos in their videos sometimes.

A prime example of popular culture mocking censorship would be in ‘Family Guy’ when Peter Griffin makes his own channel and the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), try to censor everything on the channel, including sex and swearing, but Peter doesn’t appear to have much violence on his channel so they don’t need to censor that. They then start censoring real life with things such as Peter getting out of the shower, Peter farting, and Peter and Lois trying to have sex.

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