In today’s news media, the flood of negative news far outweighs the positive pieces. There seems to be a never-ending supply of conflicts that occur around the world to drive the 24-hour news cycle. This in turn means that the audience has virtually a nonstop view of violent and controversial images. Because of the rapid increase in the ease of access to this media, audiences are becoming more accustomed to seeing these types of video clips or images. One of the problems with this is that occasionally the pictures in newspapers or clips on tv that show violent images are taken out of context and provide a skewed image of what any particular conflict actually is. While this is a problem, the more significant question that must be asked is: Is the American public being desensitized from the violent images in the media? The answer must be a resounding yes. While most would agree that the conflicts occurring today appear to have a more violent character to them, it must be noted that technological advances have contributed to this notion. Because nearly everybody in America has access to either a smartphone, computer, or television, violent or graphic images are more easily viewed. This has created a media market driven by a negative news cycle. Because of the sheltered and more stable environment that Americans live in, these types of shocking images give people a more in-depth look at the conditions that some people in other parts of the world are having to live through, something that most Americans have never experienced.
The increase in these images largely has it’s cons and the clips being presented in the media shouldn’t be viewed by all ages, but they also allow people to get a reality check of their individual circumstances. Without seeing the truth about what is going on around the country and the rest of the world, people would be largely uninformed of the threats around them and significant events. The violent images can often contribute to the detail of a story and provide a necessary element of truth.