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            Television is one of the most
influential platforms in the US and we tend to overlook the power that media
has on us. Whether a person is learning from a real-life model or a fictional
model in the media they are learning from them in some way whether they are
repeating their words or actions. Even though some shows that may be
broadcasted on television may be educational not all shows are, and can lead to
negative behavior in their viewers.

            Many people have argued that shows
have normalized violence and illegal activities. If shows make it seem normal
to make or sell drugs, and people are exposed to the show they will also tend
to think that it is normal. Brian Brakier argues, “While Breaking Bad may not glorify meth in the sense of making it
attractive to the average viewer, it does normalize the idea of meth for a
broad segment of society that might otherwise have no knowledge of that dark
and dangerous world (qtd. in Breaking). He is explaining that even though
people may not find the use or production of methamphetamine attractive, the
show makes it seem like it is a normal thing to be a drug producer or dealer.
This can be bad for viewers, especially those of a young age, because when
people start to believe that something that is negative is normal the do not
really pay attention to the negative effects of it. Some people may want to
imitate what the character Walter White in Breaking
Bad is doing, because they see how much money he makes, but they do not
really pay attention to the struggles that he had to endure to make the money.

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            Over the years violence has found
its way all over media, but the one area of the media world where it tends to
reside the most is on the television. Whether it is on the news or on a show
that is being broadcasted it happens to be virtually almost everywhere whether
it is visible to the viewers or not. Haejung Paik and George Comstock profess,
“The Surgeon General’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Television and Social
Behavior (1972) concluded, based on new studies conducted on its behalf, that
aggressive and antisocial behavior of at least some young viewers was increased
by television violence” (Meta-Analysis 516). When people of young age watch
violence on television it increases antisocial behavior. Whether people pick up
on the behaviors or the words that are being said on the television they are
increasing anti-social behavior by repeating negative words or behavior. For
example, the show Narcos was trending
on Netflix for a while and many people of young age have watched the show.
After watching the show many people were convinced that they could live a
better life if they were to be just like Pablo Escobar. A twitter user stated,
“I’m at my limit with this school mostly because of math. Who wants to move to
Columbia with me and move this Ye?” Although the person who tweeted thus may
have not been serious about moving to Columbia to sell drugs the show allowed
for him to insinuate the scenario in his head because he knows that if he could
be just like Pablo Escobar school would not matter because he would be rich.
Observing the show and learning the negative behavior that is portrayed allowed
this person to assume that selling drugs will allow him to make money instead
of sitting in school dreading math class. Unknowingly we portray examples of
anti-social behavior that we have learned through media.

            Every human learns through
observational learning. When we see other people do or say something we tend to
repeat their actions because they are a model in our lives. Although everyone
learns form observing others, but children usually learn the most from their
surroundings. Kendra Cherry states, “Observational learning describes the
process of learning through watching others, retaining the information, and
then later replicating the behaviors that were overserved” (Observational).
When a child watches television they may tend to repeat something that a
character says just because they feel as though that they need to replicate
what they have just learned. Although it is always good to learn new things
replicating what is being said or done on the television is not always a good
thing. For example, if there is a show that contains a high level of profanity
it is not good that a child watches it because they may learn inappropriate
words or gestures and repeat them without even knowing what the words they are
saying really mean. Taylor Carney affirms, “When I was a child I would always
repeat everything that I heard on the television not knowing whether it was
good or bad. I would always get in trouble by my parents and I was always
confused because I thought I was just simply repeating words.” This goes to
show that even as young children we pick up things that we hear or see in our
surroundings and sometimes it may get us into trouble.

            Many studies have been done over the
years to prove that we learn from the things that we see through our own eyes
in the media. Albert Bandura is a well-known psychologist who conducted the
Bobo Doll. Jeanette L. Nolen affirms that the experiment was used to show that
children imitate the behavior of their adult models (Bobo). Bandura dedicated
many years of his career to this specific topic. Bandura states, “It is evident
from informal observation that human behavior is transmitted, whether
deliberately or inadvertently, largely through exposure to social models”
(Psychological 1). Through his prior knowledge and observing Bandura could
already confirm that humans learn through models whether we mean to learn
something, or we learn something unknowingly. Bandura also affirms, “Although
much social learning is fostered through observation of real-life models,
advances in communication have increased reliance upon symbolic models”
(Psychological 2). Most people nowadays are starting to look up to fictional
models rather than real-life models such as their parents which leads to more
people learning form characters on their favorite TV show. With that being said
it is more likely that all people especially those of a younger age who may not
be familiar with what is being demonstrated on the television learn from what
we see or hear on the television.

of millions of American citizens are exposed to some sort of television program
almost every single day of their lives. People of all ages, especially children
are prone to learning from the things that we watch on television but not
everything we watch is educational and full of rainbow and sunshine. A lot of
shows that may appear on television contain violence and/or some form of
illegal activities. The type of show that somebody watches can either have a
positive or negative impact on ones thought process without them even realizing
it at the moment. Some people claim that a show can not teach them anything,
and that they make their own decisions when they are deciding what to do or

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