Sunday, June 23, 2013

Chuck vs Knowhow: "Violent Media Is Good for Kids", Gerard Jones/ King Solomon's MInes

A basic synopsis of this short story "Violent Media is Good For Kids", by Gerard Jones is simply the constructive response to if violent media is in fact a better choice for kids to entertain at such an early age.
Early in our lives we already were faced with choices, a lot smaller from ones of which we grow up, but nonetheless choices. To choose to watch or read about as Jones would say "The Incredible Hulk" was a choice made by his mother but ultimately benefited Jones which impacted his career tremendously. Jones talks about violent media in the way that it makes kids become more independent and feel more self assured about themselves.
According to critics of numerous reports that Jones discovers saying that violent media will only make kids behave in a more destruction, catastrophic manor. But is this the case? Jones discovered from a very early age, that it's okay to try new things, even if those things seem bad or violent to others. As long as you can control yourself in an orderly fashion and not live out the violent media and keep yourself concise and clear headed, there is no problem with viewing the content.
Jones says something at the end of this article that really struck me, and also gives a summary of his own article through his own words "When we try to protect our children from their own feelings and fantasies, we shelter them not against violence but against power and selfhood"--Page 377.

To relate this idea to "King Solomon's Mines", the part where Umbopa enters the story. When Umbopa thinks of himself as an equal that demonstrates that through his path of learning everybody should be equals just like when kids see or read the violent media they understand it and use it for their own lives because that's there own personal learning path.

1 comment:

  1. I'm not really seeing the connection here, Joseph. You need to elaborate further :-/