1. View four different television programs. These can be cartoons, police drama, reality shows, music videos, or a combination of these. Then fill in the analysis chart provided (below). (10 marks)
Chart for Content Analysis: Violence on Television
Instructions: As you watch your four television programs, record the number of times these types of violence occur.
Name of show, date, time, and channel Verbal violence (e.g. shouts, threats, serious insults) Unarmed combat (e.g. fist fights and martial arts) Light weapons (e.g. hand guns and knives) Military combat (e.g. tanks, planes, bombs)
2. Answer the following questions based on your readings of the above web articles (particularly Violence in Media Entertainment):
a. How has media violence changed? (8 marks)
b. Why is “violence as dispute resolution” and “violence without consequences” of concern to parents and society? (8 marks)
c. To what does the term “subculture of media violence” refer? Draw on your own experience to comment on this aspect of media violence. How much of an issue do you think it is? (8 marks)
3. Answer the following questions based on The Business of Media Violence article.
a. What kind of market is there for violence in the media? (5 marks)
b. Describe the characteristics that make action films a major focus for big film companies. Identify those features which you think would concern people who are critical of the use of violence in the media. Explain your choices. (10 marks)
3. How can parents help their children become active and critical thinkers in the face of violence in the media? If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews, summarize the advice given to parents. (10 marks)
See the full report on Television Violence: A Review of the Effects on Children of Different Ages (link below) and select the appropriate section for the age of children you are thinking about.