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America’s youth is constantly being subjected to violence in the media; however it is a mystery as to whether the children are actually affected by the violent images or simply not affected. An eminent psychologist, Seymor Feshbach, held an experiment questioning the theory that media violence causes violence in adolescents. He took 400 boys from three private boarding schools and limited half the boys to violent programs and the other half to non-violent programs. After the controlled viewing period, no behavioral differences were detected. The way the programs affected these boys was simply in the way that they individually viewed things. Some people are simply not affected by media violence. Melanie Moore, a psychologist who works with urban juveniles points out some common emotions felt by teens, “Fear, greed, power-hunger, rage: these are aspects of ourselves that we try not to experience in our lives but often want, even need, to experience vicariously through stories of others.” Melanie Moore simply states that fear, greed, rage are all human attributes that are neither learned nor developed with age, but are something everyone is born with. Society needs a healthy way for youth to experience these feelings which could possibly be through the stories of others on television shows or magazines. Gerald Jones, author of Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy explains, “Across generations, genders, and ethnicities I kept seeing the same story: people pulling themselves out of emotional traps by immersing themselves in violent stories.” Gerald Jones infers that people of all sorts find an emotional release through violent stories. He makes it clear that his studies reflect his attitude that violent entertainment can provide a way for children to channel their aggression in healthy ways. For instance, a child will be stressed out and find a way to release that tension through seeing characters on television release their built up aggression.

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