Target: People of America
Goal: Pledge not to watch violent movies, television or play violent video games for one year.
With freedom comes responsibility. While we have the freedom to watch demoralizing and degrading forms of entertainment, we also have the freedom to choose not to. Like Jim Morrison said, “Whoever controls the media controls the mind.” Is media controlling us or are we controlling it? Do we tell the media that we don’t want to be inundated with violent images and scenarios, or do we actually pay for them to entertain us in this way…and then wonder why violent crimes occur? Not fueling sources of violent entertainment with our dollars would make a powerful statement not only about the type of entertainment we’d like to have made available to us, but also about our potential power as a nation of people united. Let’s stand together and pledge not to watch violent entertainment for one year.
Studies have shown that exposure to gratuitous violence in movies, television and video games can lead people to resort to violence as a form of conflict resolution in real life. Can you recall how you felt the first time you saw someone’s head getting blown off in a movie? Ask yourself if you still feel the same sort of shock, horror or disgust now after being exposed to it in films countless times. In the wake of the shooting of twenty children at a school in Newton, Connecticut, it’s time to stop desensitizing people to violence everywhere they turn. Hollywood, television networks and video game makers most likely won’t take responsibility for the increase in real-world violence by decreasing or eliminating violence in their products. That means we need to take responsibility by discontinuing our funding of them with our consumer dollars.
Until recently, The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was fining networks if a curse word was said on camera. While trying to limit obscene language is commendable, no one has ever been killed by a curse word. This leads one to wonder, if the FCC was allowed to be stringent about something that in essence, doesn’t really hurt anyone, then why shouldn’t it require the same standards for violence, which can and does lead people to behave violently? If television networks and other entertainment sources can’t understand the logic behind why they should cut back on gratuitous violence, then we must show them ourselves that we want violence taken out of entertainment.
We cannot continue to shake our heads in disbelief and confusion when events like what happened at the school in Newton, CT take place. We must take responsibility as a nation for perpetuating or desensitizing ourselves to these violent crimes by allowing such an inordinate amount of violence to infiltrate our homes and lives in the form of entertainment. Sign this petition pledging not to watch any form of violent entertainment for one year.
Dear People of America,
After twenty young children and six adults were shot and killed at a school in Newton, Connecticut, along with thirteen deaths in a movie theater earlier this year, it would seem to most Americans that we are experiencing enough violence in real life. Do we really need it to be a form of entertainment as well? How many more violent crimes need to take place in our nation before we tell Hollywood, television networks and video game makers that we’ve had enough?
Exposure to violence desensitizes people to it. With scientific evidence proving this, why do we keep allowing ourselves to be exposed to it? We watch news story after new story, where the killers are idolized and the victims are forgotten, and we wonder why horrible tragedies like the one that happened in Newton, CT take place. The amount of money we spend on violent entertainment would suggest that it’s because we take pleasure in violence. Let’s stand together and show the entertainment industry that we will no longer accept violence as a form of entertainment by pledging not to watch it for one year.
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