It has been over a year now since the Columbine shooting which
took the lives of so many innocent people. The media took to
this story as reporters and video cameras fled to the scene knowing
that this would be a story of a life time. Reporters didn't stop
to think about their actions and the affects their stories would
have across the globe. As young viewers watched the victims families
cry and rage out in anger, ideas burst through their minds.
As months go by the media still continues to feed on violent
situations, especially violence in schools. The question is,
does the media play a role in the new shootings, the new death
threats or the violence in our schools today? Many people are
saying yes - blame the media, but can we blame them for showing
the horrible truth that is corrupting our society? Or, should
we hide from the violence like cowards? Perhaps we should say
that the media was just doing their job, but took it too far?
The problem is violence in schools is at an all time high
and it seems to happen after a media story on a high school shooting.
The reality is that if these children aren't watching the news
or reading the newspaper, then where is this violence coming
from? Perhaps it's the cartoons with killing and fighting, but
does this mean that these cartoons should be taken of the air?
Society seems to blame television for the violence that is taking
With much news coverage on violence, killing and corruption,
people's minds are swarming with emotions that can lead to violent
actions. One of the most recent media coverages was the six-year-old
boy who shot and killed his classmate. This story touched the
hearts of many individuals, with the main question trying to
be answered - how could such a young child kill another child?
Was he watching the media and the other kids killing each other
or was it just because of his home life?
As the local six o'clock news rolls around, we are once again
informed of another violent act that a youth has committed. With
never-ending coverage youth violence is taking its toll around
the world. Maybe a journalist should cover a story about the
actions and views of teens and children after media coverage
explaining in detail the violent situation or maybe journalists
could start covering positive contributions teens are making
in their community.
Is this violence going to be a never-ending media story or
will it die down over the years becoming forgotten events in
our society's history?