Is Fear Common When Young Person Goes out into the World?

By Bode, Megan | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, October 1, 2006 | Go to article overview

Is Fear Common When Young Person Goes out into the World?


Bode, Megan, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Last week marked my entry back into the world. After more than a month of studying diligently for the Sept. 30 LSAT (law boards), I was more than ready to hang out with my friends, kick back and watch a little television, perhaps read the newspaper to catch up on current events. I'd been buried underneath a mountain of both schoolwork and LSAT books, but my venture back into the newspaper- reading world was flat-out shocking.

I was appalled at graphic instant messages sent from a Congressman to his young page. I read in near-disbelief about three separate school shootings. I thought to myself: What is this nation coming to? Do we actually live in a world where parents have to be afraid to send their children to work on Capitol Hill with the leaders of our country? Do parents really have to worry about whether their children will live through the day at school?

In my advertising and society class, we talked about what was perpetrating these events. The question was raised as to whether violent video games, television shows, movies and advertisements could be partially to blame for subsequently violent behavior. There was a range of opinions. People noted that the events had no comparable behavior in society. We also acknowledged that there are many more children who see this violence and are unaffected than there are children who see it and act out.

We wondered, then, whether there could be some deep-rooted societal problem that is driving so many individuals to this amoral, horrifying behavior. Thoughts were thrown out: The breakdown of the family unit? …

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