Who Threw the First Punch?

In this week’s reading, John Grisham argues that depictions of violence in films such as Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers inspire similar behavior in real life. Stone defended his film and claimed that depictions of violence do not inspire violence in society. Studies and debate go on, while media and popular culture continue to portray violence in television, video games, film, and music. In this Discussion, you will have the opportunity to assess and debate the societal impact of violence.

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To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources.
  • As you did last week, note the Discussion Group to which you have been assigned. You are in Group C.

    Your group will discuss Movies.

  • Find one or two specific texts within the media type assigned to your group that demonstrate the impact of depictions of media violence. (Remember that modern popular culture texts refers to movies, TV shows, pieces of music, books, magazines, etc. Also, modern popular culture references are not restricted to recent examples.)
  • Examine depictions of violence and the degrees of depiction in media.
  • Reflect on the influence depictions of violence may or may not have.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 3 a paragraph that expresses your opinion regarding whether or not media depictions of violence promote violence. In a second paragraph, explain to what extent you think varying degrees of depicted violence have an equal or unequal influence on viewers. Support your assertions by making at least 2 references, in proper APA format, to your course readings.

Note: Each answer should include illustrations from one or two specific texts of the media type assigned to your Discussion Group. You may be writing about a text that others and/or your Instructor have not seen. Therefore, it is critical to back up your points with your examples and solid arguments; your writing will be gauged primarily on these merits.

Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to this week’s Learning Resources or to something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.

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