Summarize the paragraph below on the context and content of the media message?Paragraph 1 (The context and content of the media message) - The effect of media violence varies depending on a...

Summarize the paragraph below on the context and content of the media message?

Paragraph 1 (The context and content of the media message) -

The effect of media violence varies depending on a number of conditions. It is highest when:

  • Aggression is shown as an effective way of succeeding.
  • Negative and unpleasant effects on the victim are not shown.
  • The violence is justified because it is in the support of good.
  • The aggressor is an ordinary person in an everyday situation.
  • Viewers are watching in a high state of arousal e.g. because they are excited, angry or frustrated.
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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The messages sent by the media are based on context and content. It does have an effect on the reader/audience because there are codependent factors attached to the information. For example, aggression is shown in the  media as an alternative to solve situations, and as an effective way of succeeding. We never see the other side of the story, because the media tends to be sensationalist and tries to show only the interesting side of news. Sometimes the media can even show violence as a sign of cultural strength such as they did with the LA riots, and when we watch civil rights riots. In some media venues, they portray the normal side of a person with abnormal behavior as some form of fascinating thing. This has created a culture of people who are very much into this kind of things, such as CSI and Snapped fans who are really hardcore. This could lead to desensitizing and making oneself think that these behaviors are normal.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The point of this paragraph (actually it's not a paragraph, but never mind that) has to do with the debate over the effect of violence in the media on people.  There is a debate over whether watching violent media makes people more likely to behave violently.

This passage says that it is not a yes or no question -- it's more like a "sometimes."  People sometimes become more violent if they watch violence on TV.  The circumstances under which people are influenced by the violence in the media are listed in the bulleted points.

The basic mesage is that the more normal and "okay" the violence seems, the more likely it is to cause viewers to behave violently themselves.