What is meant by living in a “culture of violence”?

Mod 6-Lecture

we explore violence and the role of the media. Here are some key points to help you through the work:

Do you feel that the media influences violence? 

  • Some individuals feel that the media influence violence. There’s a great older study called “Bobo the Clown” that you can look into. There are also a few recent news pieces on teens, murder and video games.
  • Some individuals feel that the media does not influence violence. You can look up articles on the TV ratings system as well as pieces on personal accountability.

What is meant by living in a “culture of violence”?

  • Some scholars feel that we live in a culture that is saturated with violence. With 24/7 news outlets often showing violent images, ongoing person to person violence, movies that downplay the effects of violence etc., it can lead one to wonder if we’re becoming desensitized to this.
  • When one lives in a culture of violence, violence becomes the norm. It’s no longer deviant or shocking.

Define deviance

  • Deviance includes actions that are beyond the norm.
  • This can be as simple as not dressing like other people or as sinister as actions like murder.

Define labeling theory

  • In a nutshell, Labeling Theory is the idea that we will act as we are told we are (i.e, we act as we are labeled). If someone tells another person that they are useless, it may eventually take a toll on them were they begin to act this way. Conversely if someone is told that they are charming to be around and everyone loves them, they may take on this persona.

What are formal and informal social controls?

  • Social controls are a way to help us adhere to our societies norms.
  • Informal controls are ways that keep actions in line. For example, if you were a child and picked your nose in public, your parent/caregiver would likely shake their head and let you know this isn’t acceptable.
  • Formal controls are another way to keep actions in line. For example, if you were speeding, a police officer might stop you and give you a ticket. You would then learn that this action is not acceptable.

What is stratification?

  • Stratification can be thought of as a ladder. Think about each rung going upward. In society we see that there are often rankings based off of all types of categories (income, gender etc). Stratification is subjective and can be challenged.

What is censorship?

  • Censorship involves suppressing the expression of certain ideas, thoughts written word, images etc.
  • For example, billboards here in the US do not show nudity. It is often blurred or concealed. (censored). In other countries, this is not so. What is censored can be relative to culture.

Social Control and Deviance Animation

It is the deviants among us who hold society together…

we explore violence and the role of the media. Here are some key points to help you through the work:

Do you feel that the media influences violence?

Some individuals feel that the media influence violence. There’s a great older study called “Bobo the Clown” that you can look into. There are also a few recent news pieces on teens, murder and video games.

Some individuals feel that the media does not influence violence. You can look up articles on the TV ratings system as well as pieces on personal accountability.

What is meant by living in a “culture of violence”?

Some scholars feel that we live in a culture that is saturated with violence. With 24/7 news outlets often showing violent images, ongoing person to person violence, movies that downplay the effects of violence etc., it can lead one to wonder if we’re becoming desensitized to this.

When one lives in a culture of violence, violence becomes the norm. It’s no longer deviant or shocking.

Define deviance

Deviance includes actions that are beyond the norm.

This can be as simple as not dressing like other people or as sinister as actions like murder.

Define labeling theory

In a nutshell, Labeling Theory is the idea that we will act as we are told we are (i.e, we act as we are labeled). If someone tells another person that they are useless, it may eventually take a toll on them were they begin to act this way. Conversely if someone is told that they are charming to be around and everyone loves them, they may take on this persona.

What are formal and informal social controls?

Social controls are a way to help us adhere to our societies norms.

Informal controls are ways that keep actions in line. For example, if you were a child and picked your nose in public, your parent/caregiver would likely shake their head and let you know this isn’t acceptable.

Formal controls are another way to keep actions in line. For example, if you were speeding, a police officer might stop you and give you a ticket. You would then learn that this action is not acceptable.

What is stratification?

Stratification can be thought of as a ladder. Think about each rung going upward. In society we see that there are often rankings based off of all types of categories (income, gender etc). Stratification is subjective and can be challenged.

What is censorship?

Censorship involves suppressing the expression of certain ideas, thoughts written word, images etc.

For example, billboards here in the US do not show nudity. It is often blurred or concealed. (censored). In other countries, this is not so. What is censored can be relative to culture.

Social Control and Deviance Animation

It is the deviants among us who hold society together…

ASSIGNMENT follow carefully all requirements for the 10 POWER POINT SLIDES

This week, you’ll create a 10 slide PowerPoint presentation on “Violence and the Media” for your Major Assessment.

As an aid, read these links on the movie ‘Bowling For Columbine’

https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/bowling-for-columbine-2002

 Read this profile of the shooters at Columbine:

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2004/04/at-last-we-know-why-the-columbine-killers-did-it.html

Post your PowerPoint.  This will include the following slides:

  • Include your topic (Violence and the Media) and your name. (Slide 1)
  • Do you feel that the media influences violence? Include examples to support your stance. (Slide 2)
  • What is meant by living in a “culture of violence”? (Slide 3)
  • Define deviance. Is violence seen as deviant in our American society? Why/Why not? (Slide 4)
  • Define labeling theory. Does this apply to the shooters at Columbine? Why/Why not? (Slide 5)
  • What are formal and informal social controls? Do these “work” to stop violence? Why/Why not? (Slide 6)
  • What is stratification? Do economic factors influence our likelihood of violence? Why/Why not? (Slide 7)
  • Research and share three statistics you found on violence. (Slide 8)
  • What is censorship? Should media outlets increase censorship of violence? Why/Why not? (Slide 9)
  • In your opinion, what can be done to reduce violence in the United States? Is this a global issue or one centered in the US? (Slide 10)