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Introduction: Media violence poses a threat to public health because it leads to an increase in real-world violence and aggression.
Concrete examples:Violence has been monetized and legitimized by greedy media photographers who capture images of blood and gore for major news networks, in which the big media industry makes billions because they figured out audiences will always stop to gawk at the carnage on live television. For example, mass shootings have become a gruesome regularity in the U.S beginning with Columbine (1999), Virginia Tech (2007), Sandy Hook (2012), Orlando (2016), Las Vegas (2017) and Parkland Florida (2018)- which are some of the deadliest examples. Major news networks come out in full force to cover mass shootings with saturation and emotional coverage designed to jolt viewers. Mass shootings are horrendous and shake the nation to its core, however major news networks use such events to establish their breaking news brands and profile news personalities. Grief-stricken families and student survivors are used as props in the news coverages as well. Mass shootings of course needs comprehensive news coverage but not as a way to compete for viewers and glorify violence.
When remembering those who lost their lives in mass shootings, we should honor them the way we do with white roses- which symbolizes spirituality, purity, innocence, new beginnings and everlasting love. White roses represent the lives lost in mass shootings because both carry serenity and peace that is bound to be felt by anyone who beholds them.
Although their lives on earth were cut short, their souls will live on for eternity just like how a snake’s skin shedding symbolizes death and rebirth- an idea which depicted by a snake swallowing its own tail, a symbol of eternity.
Counter Argument: Exposure to violent imagery does not preordain violence, for example an increase in violent video game sales in recent years has been correlated with a decrease in violent crime, but that doesn’t necessarily mean video games prevent violent crime
Conclusion: It is difficult to wrap our heads around the idea that the media profits off of violence in order to obtain viewers, but it is our moral duty to hold them accountable for the role they had played in creating a violent culture.

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