Violent Media Is Good for Kids

1064 words 5 pages
By Gerard Jones

In our class book Practical Argument, I chose “Violent Media is Good for Kids” by Gerard Joneson page 36. In this article Jones states and tries to prove that violent media is undeniably good for children. He challenges this by saying what he believes also how he grew up too passive because he was sheltered from the media. Upon hearing that the media has "lofty messages of pacifism and tolerance" (par.2), his mother had borrowed some comics for him to read. After reading the comics, he said that he followed Hulk for a while then switched to "more sophisticated heroes", in (par. 3) and "finally found my own lead along a twisting path to a career and an identity." (par. 3) Later on, his son
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For illustration, Jones talks of his own childhood life, in which the parents and the teachers instilled fear in him, separating him from the reality and the age mates. In the name of educating the social ethics and morals in our children, we tend to alleviate them from the reality, which actually makes the children develop a characteristic of poor perception of the reality within their society. Consider the case of Jones in his childhood; the mother and the teachers made hypotheses that the world or rather the society is perfect- that there is no violence, and if it exists, the children should not be confront or made to learn of its existence. Further, they assumes that the children will never encounter or be tangled in a violent scene, which means that they cannot defend themselves, having been taught to either avoid violence or walk away from the scene. This is quite wrong because at one time in life, each person is likely to encounter such as scenario, where self-defense or an intervention is necessary. While we may think that Jones is exaggerating his views on his life, there is some truth in that the contemporary world is quite complex, with cases of violence reported each day in our lives.
According to Jones' article, his efforts to show that the up-to-date form of violence is highly complex, with children taking part in shooting. For illustration, the ever intensifying cases of school and neighborhood shooting


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