Gerard Jones, writer of the article “ violent media is good for kids” argues that every aspect of pop culture can have its own developmental function. He strongly enforced and encourages all to consider their own relationship to violent media and entertainment as it can be beneficial for an individual. Jones was raised by English teach parents who weren’t fond of any sort of violence media. As a matter of fact, they deprived their son from all or as much as possible. Eventually leading to jones potentially suffocating his deepest fears and desires under a nice boy persona and feeling loneliness.
Spontaneously, one of Mrs. Jones students convinced her that marvel comics were in fact devoted to lofty messages of pacifism and tolerance. However, Jones believed they were good for him merely because they were juvenile and violent. The hulk was one of Jones greatest encouragements; who apparently caught and freed jones. Following the hulk instantaneously transitioned him into being unafraid of his desires and the worlds disapproval, unhesitating and effective in action. He also influenced some other friends and taught them how to endure in violent media and entertainment.
When jones heard pop psychologists insisting that violent stories are harmful to kids he took it upon himself and set a goal to find profound research regarding violent media that will in fact prove those psychologists wrong. According to Melanie Moore, a psychologist who works with urban teens “ children need violent entertainment in order to explore the inescapable feelings into a more whole, more complex, more resilient selfhood.”
Jones and Moore established something called power play, a program for helping young people improve their self-knowledge and sense of potency through heroic, combative storytelling. For example, the dual-identity concept at the heart of many superhero stories help kids negotiate the conflicts between the inner self and the public self as they work through the early stages of socialization.
Jones also claims that we tell our kids that it isn’t nice to play fight, or we steer them from some monstrous action figure to a pro- social doll. However, we are risk confusing them about their natural aggression which is essentially unhealthy. Jones claims we believe we are sheltering our kids from violence but we really are putting them against their own power and selfhood which is an unfortunate thing to do.
I certainly agree with Jones regarding the whole dual identity concept and how it can have an effect on our negotiating and interacting skills with others. It Provides us with a fantasy, a self-image which ultimately had the potential to bring our true self. Aggression is only natural and gives us a taste of another world, a world we certainly wouldn’t discover without violence. If a person is exposed to violence, they will only learn how to deal with it. This can be beneficial at any given time. They say the only way you can know something well is by experiencing it. "King Solomon mines" certainly does enforce violent acts. However, each act does follow an efficient reason. Quarter Maine does in fact play a heroic role.