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#1 of 5 Old 03-16-2003, 01:25 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone read this article and what do you all think?

ttp://www.motherjones.com/reality_check/violent_media.html

The author suggests that media violence and/or violence in stories is helpful to children because it allows them a way to express rage.

I may have oversimplified his take on the subject...
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excellent article!

Really, rage is one of those basic instincts and we teach our children to supress this. We need to allow for safe ways to allow children to get out their violent tendances. I will probably get flamed here, but I do accept that violence is a human reaction and often without thinking about it.

If we teach our children that all violence is wrong in all contexts, then how can they deal with the inevitable situation where they feel violent?
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Oh, this is great stuff!

I'm noticing that he is especially advocating violent media for kids who have already been taught that their dark feelings are shameful. He's not saying that toddlers ought to be watching Quentin Tarantino movies......
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Hera, your post confused me - can you clarify?
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I agree that rage should not be supressed but expressed in a healthy way.

However, violence in the media expresses someone else's rage and can perhaps suggest ways to express rage, which usually is very detrimental.

I don't know if I am unique, but the only violence in my life comes from the media.

IMO children should be sheltered from that sort of "entertainment".

Thanks for the link,

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