Media Violence In 'What's Up Doc?'

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In the article, “What’s Up Doc? A Bloody Outrage, That’s What,” author Katherine Ellison writes about her personal encounter and response towards violent internet cartoons. She expresses her opinion about the internet cartoon called “Happy Tree Friends,” and encourages that young children should not have access to such inappropriate cartoons or watch television shows with similar content. Ellison claims that the viewing of media violence through other media outputs without adult discretion can negatively impact adolescents’ behavior. Within Ellison’s article, she depicts an unfortunate scenario that the majority of parents are significantly apprehensive about, their own child being exposed to the negative realm of the internet world. Ellison…show more content…
Parents should be educated about the potential dangers of the internet and to pass down the information to their children cautioning them about the inappropriate material the internet may contain if accidentally stumbled upon. Additionally, their children should be informed about the reason why being exposed and desensitized to the harmful content of violent behavior, profanity, or sexual behavior at a young age is not appropriate. Parents should also well-educate their children about the distinct forms of entertainment and how it is strictly for entertainment purposes only. The way Ellison perceives the show, “Happy Tree Friends,” as an entry to viewing of violence is biased. By labeling the show as a threat to children, it validates the negative effects on young children. But rather, the show should be viewed as a typical silly and harmless internet cartoon. The parents should discuss with their children about the entertainment they view on a daily basis should not influence their conduct or actions. Furthermore, if parents are truly concerned about their children discovering this type of content, they can take further action to censor these websites by setting a restriction and blocking them. There are many solutions to combat this alleged issue, and Ellison was very narrow minded throughout her argument. She did not defend her claim
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