In Gerard Jones’ article “Violent Media is Good for Kids”, Jones argues his points on why violent media may benefit children. Most of his conclusions are based on his personal experiences, as well as people he has met throughout his life. I admit that Jones is convincing in his argument; he made me look at my life and how I was brought up. Though I do not think I am in agreement with his beliefs on this subject.
When I was growing up and I played sports and was very physical. I would say my healthy outlet was exhausting my energy. Children have different outlets to choose from, not all kids play sports. Still, I don’t think violence in media is therapeutic. Of course, I think every little kid has some sort of toy that they play with to keep them occupied; therefore I’m not 100% sure that there isn’t some sort of growth factors tied into the psychology here. Jones definitely has a unique point of view.
To be completely honest, I think that Jones definitely found his way through life using violent media. Now he wants to justify and rationalize his upbringing because it is what helped him. The problem I see here is that Jones is over-generalizing his statement by saying “Violent Media is Good for Kids”. I’m not an expert on the topic by any means but this avenue of thought is just silly to me. How can it be healthy? Perhaps it may be healthy to an extent, but rationally I believe that there must be a better way to grow up. They should do more research on this topic and check the brain levels of stress release, self-esteem tests, some psychological testing, and see what kind of results occur.
My underlying belief is that there are better ways of coping with life and learning to socialize, without the use of violent media. I’m not knocking on Jones but I think there are more effective ways to learn to live life on life’s terms than media violence!