Tuesday, June 13, 2006


For a while there we had 25-inch Chinese peasant families
famishing in comfort on the 25-inch screen
and even Uncle Billy whose eyesight's going fast
by hunching up real close to the convex glass
could just about make them out- the riot scene
in the capital city for example
he saw that better than anything, using the contrast knob
to bring them up dark-all those screaming faces
and bodies going under the horses' hooves- he did a terrific job
on that bit....
Bruce Dawe
...In response to Bandura's ideas about media-related aggresion...
see blog: Dawns on me ,or:
It seems ludicrous that while military forces are trained to kill using computer simulation, the computer games industry still denies any adverse effects images of killing may be having on young people's minds.
I am convinced that there are untold numbers of people who are fundamentally disturbed at the core of their psyches by exposure to violent imagery. This state of inner turmoil can be masked in a myriad of ways .
Increasingly, parents and educators are asking whether the hoards of so-called ADHD children include many individuals who are simply not coping with their feelings of inner nervousness and anxiety. I personally believe films such as "Harry Potter" (all of them) , "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Lord of the Rings" contain very frightening images which would be 'indigestable' on a soul level for many children. Meanwhile, exposure and merchandising run rampant. The earlier the better.....


Bradley Saunders said...
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Bradley Saunders said...

I do believe that all throughout history there have always been gruesome stories, ranging from the caveman portraying his hunt to the mythology of most cultures. This is because these sometimes frightening events are real and we cannot do anything about that. If we had media without anything frightening or confronting I'm sure we would just be repeating the same boring tale over and over again.
Media takes inspiration from life, so does literature, and the only way to stop them from portraying sometimes confronting events is to change life itself. I don't think that is going to happen.
To finish, all media is given a classification and specific showing times and all very concerning issues are limited to the higher ages. It is then up to parents, not the media to stop younger audiences from viewing this material.