PORNOGRAPHY AND MEDIA VIOLENCE
By Keith W Munday
What is Pornography?
"Books, magazines and films etc. dealing with or depicting
sexual acts in an explicit way in order to arouse excitement. The describing or
portraying of prostitutes and prostitution". The word pornography is from the
Greek for prostitute, porne from pernemi - 'to sell'.
There has been a mounting evidence from teachers, social
workers, probation officers, doctors, paediatricians, psychologists, police and
the prison service that there is a link between scenes of violence depicted on
TV, Video and Films, and human behaviour.
A survey carried out by Opinion Research Business in 1996
showed a contrast with a 1979 Survey. The later survey showed a greater public
concern about the effects of pornography. The response indicated that 60% felt
that the freedom of expression had gone too far. It is now questioning whether
the Media is reflecting cultural and social norms, or whether it is creating
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