It’s not the games. It’s not the movies. It’s the media.
It’s been happening for years in the U.S. Now it’s come to India. School shootouts have been unfortunately frequent, and the incidents in Delhi and Bangalore may be signs of things to come.One might argue that these incidents are isolated, but it could happen anytime, and anywhere. The thing is — and trust me, I know — kids who are bullied or abused think of many alternatives for what to do about it. Most teenagers would never think of shooting a friend; but when the media hypes these incidents so much… When teenagers see other teens resorting to such measures, they think that they can do it as well. The media blames it on video games, over-violent movies, and the like: “it’s another case of a GTA-inspired shootout,” or “it’s because of that movie that he did something like this”. I’m not saying that video games and movies haven’t got violent; but Hollywood shootouts and scandalous PS-3 games aren’t the major reason. It’s because the media overplays these incidents that teenagers get inspired. It’s not the games. It’s not the movies. It’s the media. Take it from a teen.
Pranshu Maheshwari, Std. IX, Sishya
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