Analysis of Gerald Jones’ Article “Violent Media is Good for Kids”

The environment shapes people’s lives in different ways. It is the indisputable truth that people’s exposure to different environmental conditions plays a profound role in the way they, ultimately, become in terms of their general character, and even the way they relate with others in the large society. During this contemporary period, children have access to different entertainment media, most of which are utterly violent and explicit in nature. Violent media have remarkable influence upon the minds and general growth patterns of children. According to Gerald Jones, through his article “Violent Media is Good for Kids”, children should have unlimited access to such squalid forms of entertainment, unrestricted. This paper seeks to give an in-depth analysis of Gerald Jones’ assertions, extracting the truthfulness, or otherwise, of his argument.

Gerald Jones, using his own personal experience, idolizes violent media as a superb means for shaping children’s attitude and perception of life, in a positive way. According to him, his early life was a nightmare, leading a fearful life as a lonely boy who had little social interaction with his neighborhood that his mother and the society considered unsuitable for his well-being. School teachings barred him from enjoying the “beauty” of violent media. His English teacher taught him, and others, that violent media are wrong. His mother prevented him from accessing the highly addictive pop culture, that had its prime moments in the 1960s. During his tender age, Gerald Jones lived as a nice boy, following what he learned in school and according to his mother’s prophylactic measures. At the age of thirteen, according to him, a life-awakening incident happened in his life. Her mother’s student managed to change the radical woman’s attitude towards violent media. He got the opportunity to entertain himself with Marvel Comics. He turned from a cowardly boy to a courageous man that could handle any difficult situation, having gotten that immense inspiration from one character, Hulk, through his heroic adventures in the Marvel Comics piece of entertainment. 

In all his assertions, Gerald Jones uses a single line of reference - his life, to justify his point of view. It is a deliberate evasion from the mundane veracity that, even during his time, not all children had experiences similar to his own. He derides the realities of life, failing to acknowledge the fact that he had to get himself out of his apparent social incarceration, in which he found himself, under the most unfortunate circumstances. Marvel Comics could have provided him the confidence to face his long time fears and gain some courage necessary in life. It is also evident that Hulk’s histrionic character simply fascinated him. From the article “Violent Media is Good for Kids”, the writer deserves unconditional absolution for his dire oblivion and blindness to the fact that his life is not a mirror image of everyone’s way of living in this world. In fact, this is substantial bias since the writer focuses on a single side of the coin and fails to give due to recognition to the other side that exists.

Violence is one of the most disturbing social issues that societies have struggled with, for many years, with little success. The issue of violence is can arise from multiple factors, which include poverty, community and domestic violence, abuse of children and psychopathology of families. Cases of violence in learning centers, and the rising numbers of youth homicides in urban environments is largely a result of people’s exposure to media violence in their juvenile and adolescent stages. There are heavy penalties to pay resulting from violence, especially among growing children.

Exposure to violent media instills deep fear among children. The violent acts that young people expose themselves to make them consider the world a mean and highly unsafe place to be. Horror movies, the mother of violent media, heighten anxiety among teenagers who watch them. Besides, aggression and violent media bears considerable resemblance to lung cancer and terrible habit of smoking. Young people who spent a significant part of their relaxation time watching violent movies are most likely to exhibit aggressive behavior. Furthermore, experiences may become normal to an individual when they constantly see or experience it. That is also true when it comes to exposure to violent media. Children find it a normal aspect of life, although moral teachings encourage shunning it and promoting peaceful coexistence. The above are critical, fundamental points that Gerald Jones fails to consider in his fallacious writing “Violent Media is Good for Kids”.

In conclusion, the article “Violence is Good for Kids” by Gerald Jones is a largely misleading piece of writing that breaches the societal norms and ethical living. There is no watertight evidence that can persuade any sane mind to follow that route. Using his own experience alone is a demonstration that the conclusion which the author reached emanated from a base of knowledge insufficiency. Marvel Comics cannot be the only form of violent media. There are many others, which have highly detrimental effects; the little entertaining aspect should not confuse anyone to hold such a strong campaign in their favor. Gerald Jones is deliberate in his article: to confuse people on the veritable impact of violence and violent media. The article “Violence Media is Good for Kids” is a heap of misleading information which uses the author’s personal experience, or perspective, confuse masses.