Media on Aggression in Children and Adults.

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From infants to the elderly, it affects people in all stages of life

These principles are linked closely with the metaphors Lakoff talks about. Corgan also comments about this with his talk about propaganda. Lakoff’s metaphors are combined with Bandura’s principles which are then shown to the public as propaganda. I believe that when the United States had a proper reason to enter a war (such as WWI and II), the American people liked to know that the “evil Nazis” were being defeated. It was used as a morale booster. Of course it was intended to cover up the brutality of war but the American people were much more sensitive to images of war. In today’s society, we see the media trying to cover up the truth in order to dupe us. I believe that the government thought that such graphic images would not benefit the public so the real nature of war was not shown clearly. Now, however, in our society, we are surrounded by so much blatant and obvious violence that we expect to see the bodies of civilians and soldiers alike after a bombing last week on the evening news and in the newspapers. Because we as a people are so desensitized to violence, we expect the government to be entirely candid about it. If anything, we should be worried that our society is open with and actually welcoming to depictions of violence.

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In the first ever conducted international survey on children and media violence, a UNESCO study underlines television’s dominant role in the lives of young people around the world and its impact on the development of aggressive behaviour, paving the way for a stronger debate between politicians, producers, teachers and parents.

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Sabrina, your blog brought up some good points regarding identity. I was reading your last paragraph and I made the connection between television and modeling. It seems like an obvious one now that I think about it. I mean what is a better example of observational learning than watching others on television. Obviously, we have studied the effects of violence on television (Pennsylvania State University, 2011). But what about the other concepts that children learn from television? My son was watching Sprout (a sister channel to PBS) and saw one of the characters sharing with his sister. It wasn’t seconds later that my son handed his sister a fire truck that he was playing with.
Yes, there is a lot of negative media out there that our children can model their behavior after. However, it is our job as parents (or future parents) to monitor what are children are watching. I am not saying that we should let our televisions act as parents or babysitters. However, I find educational value in watching Sesame Street with my children. For us, watching television is an interactive experience. When a character is sad, we will talk about it. It has been a great way to teach my younger children that is it ok to talk about how they feel. Unfortunately, they don’t always see that kind of behavior modeled at school.
Pennsylvania State University. (2011). Albert Bandura's Social Cognitive Theory. Retrieved December 6, 2011, from Psychology 238: Introduction to Personality Psychology:

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INCITEMENT PASSAGE: A conventional scene in medieval Germanic sagas in which a female character urges one or more male characters to commit acts of violence against a target for her own selfish reasons--such as vengeance or ambition. The female character might play upon the other male character's sense of honor, question his masculinity, or simply lie to him. An example appears in The Nibelungenlied, in which Brünhild moves Gunther and Hagen to violence. A more familiar example for English students outside of medieval Germanic literature might be Lady Macbeth's manipulation of Macbeth in Shakespeare. Cf. .

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I do believe it is a good possibility that some people who have shown moral disengagement in the past can come to regret their behavior and become morally engaged. Consider Malcolm X, who describes in his autobiography how his early life as a pimp, drug addict, and burglar, and his hatred and rage toward all white people, changed after his conversion to Islam in jail and his later visits to Mecca, and how he continued his activism on behalf of equal rights for Afro Americans, despite understanding that he would probably be killed for distancing himself from Elijah Muhammad and his racist doctrines.

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Secondly, Although I agree that our government is driven by greed and thus that is the reason for our involvement overseas, I do not think that our leaders morally disengage to feel better about themselves per say. I think it is a bit more complicated than that. I believe moral disengagement is a necessary tool to some point. Although not desirable, moral disengagement is used by most people when they find themselves in a violent situation they cannot remove themselves from. For example, mothers whose husbands abuse their children usually use those four principles of moral disengagement to keep their sanity intact. They know that it will be better for them if they pretend that those four principles actually show the truth. They won’t be morally obligated to act against the aggressor and put themselves in harm’s way.