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Education Reporter
NUMBER 254 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS MARCH 2007

Prime Time TV Violence up 75% since 1998

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Since the average American child watches four hours of television every day, prime time programming is practically a secondary curriculum for the next generation. What was in the curriculum in 2006?

"Dying to Entertain," a new publication from the Parents Television Council, reports a huge increase in violent content on the major networks over the past eight years.

PTC tracked instances of violence on regular prime time programming, not including movies, news or sports events. The six networks averaged 4.4 instances of violence an hour, up 75% since 1998.

Compared to 1998, networks have many more crime and punishment dramas such as Law and Order and medical dramas such as E.R. and CSI (CSI combines some of both). These shows are some of the most violent on TV, and contribute greatly to the eight-year increase.


 
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