The youth I believe has been affected significantly by the lot. It is generally believed that media exposure brings more aggression into, viewers especially in youth if the movie is a violent one. To prove my point I believe there wouldn’t be a better example then the classical “Bobo Doll Experiment” from This experiment was done on nursery going children. They were put into a playroom where they observed a television where an adult was hitting and kicking an inflatable doll and making sounds as if he was really fighting. The movie was then stopped and the children were observed for the next ten to twenty minutes. On the other hand, another group of children was put to play with a similar doll, but they weren’t made to see the adult hitting the doll video. The results were significant and as expected! The group who witnessed the video was performed similar aggressive acts on the doll while the other lot did not. The above experiment proves that the youth tend to take what they get from the media. According to most human rights group have called in for a total ban on movies for youth, especially those that depict sexual and violent scenes. Considering the negative aspect, one needs not to forget that the media has a bright side as well. In recent times, interactive programs have been made which help children in studies. Also, a lot of foreign television channels have come up which help the children in UAE know about what goes on around (Discovery & National Geographic are just a couple of the lot). Foreign television channels and newspaper, on the other hand, have also made it relatively easier to acquire the latest news from other countries and can be taken as one of the many benefits that media has to offer (Torr 2002). Let’s now consider the effect of media on the minds of people, especially youth. People tend to believe that what comes out of the television box or the internet is exactly the right thing and needs to be followed upon.
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