“Whodunit– The Media?” by Maggie Cutler Analysis

Maggie Cutler creates a very thoughtful piece that does acknowledge that today’s media is violent in some ways, but can we fully blame the media for the destructive mannerisms that have developed? With any study of effects, there are so many factors that come into play. One cannot fully blame the media for what they see in their children. Cutler mentions the different studies that have taken place to analyze the effects of media and try t prove that the media is the cause. Cutler was able to point out certain details that show that the conclusions are not fully valid. Cutler states, “Although the Stanford study- perhaps to stay popular with granters- is being promoted as a study on media violence, it is really a study of media overuse, self-awareness, and the rewards of self-discipline. Its clearest finding wasn’t that media violence is always harmful but that too much mediated experience seems to impair children’s ability to interact well with other people” (688). Another factor that could be included are the economic background, situations, etc. of the child. A person with greater means does not have to worry about going into danger for fast money, or wealth. “Nevertheless, his ecology model of how juvenile violence emerges from complex, interacting factors means that hyper-aggressive, “asset poor” kids are likely to be harmed by graphic depictions of violence, while balanced, “asset rich” kids are likely to remains unscathed” (Cutler 687). Another factor that could be included is the exposure that the kids have to violence.  In general, the environment can play a big part in a child’s life. When children show an aggressive emotion, they could be, “express[ing] feelings they already have, or are they in it for the adrenaline” (Cutler 686). In summation, children are able to know what the difference of real and unreal is.  They know when a show makes a joke or not. “Even media seen or understood as real – news, documentaries, interviews – will have more impact than that which a kid knows is make- believe” (Cutler 689).


5 thoughts on ““Whodunit– The Media?” by Maggie Cutler Analysis

  1. The excerpts you chose worked really well with your blog. You did a great job with pointing out the main topics of the article- it’s not just the media that’s causing the problem, people react to things differently and individuals come from different backgrounds. I also like how you show that she presented the “They Say, I Say” form of writing.

  2. I like how you talked about how its not just the media influencing the problems but its the different backgrounds that person came from or learned from. I also liked how you explained the different exposures and influences other things can have on a person that could turn them violant.

  3. I liked how you stated a quote for each of your examples. I think that it is not only the media that is causing violent behavior, where the person grows up and the things the are around effects it as well. If a person is already violent then they are going to look at a violent TV show differently than one that is a happy person.

  4. I agree that we can not fully blame the media for the violence exhibited in children and adults. You definitely had enough quotes to back up every thing you said about this. I also agree that children do know the difference between what is real and what is not. And they are able to identify a joke and something unrealistic and are influenced more by violence that is real.

  5. I agree with what you said about how children cannot distinguish between real or fake. In most cases they will see something and automatically think its real because they dont know any better. Their exposure to this behavior can play a huge role because they can go from not knowing the difference between real or fake, to seeing the aggressive type of behavior, which gives them the incentive to think that it is acceptable.

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