Violence is exertion of physical force so as to injure; injury by distortion, infringement, or profanation; intense, turbulent of furious often destructive action or force (Merriam-Webster, 2011). Each of the definitions describes a physical interaction between individuals or groups of individuals. Violence is not a new phenomenon in America but one that is and has been an intricate feature in the establishment and development of the county. Aggression, predatory acts of intentional infringement, or denial of the inalienable rights of others has historically been an imposing factor in the formation of the political and economic landscape of America. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the affects violence is having on the social structure of society in America and how violent movies, graphic computer games, and violent lyrics in music is fueling and perpetrating the spread of violence.
Typical Causes and Conditions for the Use of Violence
From the first acts of voicing the desires for freedom from English domination, violence was and has instrumentally been a common force in the fight for freedom. Acts of cruelty against mankind, womankind, and children alike were performed for the ideal of freedom. The underlying causes of violence are fear, oppression, suppression, hopelessness, and a sense of the inability to control one’s life (Brook, Brook, & Whiteman, 2007). ...
He makes the comparison of the epidemic of violence in the United States to a war against human civilization. He asserts that war and violence are a natural part of human development (p. 1861). In considering the structional-function of the economic system in the United States violence is essential to secure resources necessary for life in which all human beings are entitled. Brook, Brook, and Whiteman (2007) in a longitudinal research study investigating the possible consequences of growing up in a violent environment stated, “Violence especially violent crimes against persons has profound and devastating effects on society with the capability of leading to destabilization of the economic structure and the consequences of loss of human and social capital” (pp. 82-83). The primary focus of their study was to chart the behavioral development of adolescent growing up in Columbia, South America however the findings from the study support the belief that violence can produce violence unless intervention and preventive antidotes are implemented to curtail the destructive tendencies from developing. Admittedly, the social conditions in United States are pale in comparison to those in Bogota, Columbia because of the political corruption and the drug cartels dominance in the South American nations; however it is not far reaching to visibly see how some of the same indicators of the study could apply to the social phenomenon occurring in America. Pondering the origins, preoccupation, influence, and the affects violence is having on the social structures in America causes one to wonder what in the America culture’s personality is allowing such a pandemic to fester and spill over into the society touching the lives of the very old, the innocent(children), whites,