Maeve Dillon
Psychology 203
March 1, 2015
Ms. Mueller

Violence is defined as the act of physical force to harm oneself or another. Violence is becoming increasingly prevalent in the media, increasingly so on today’s television programs designed and viewed by the adolescent population of the United States. The negative behavior and acts of violence in today’s media has long been disputed as a contributing factor to the increase in bullying and aggression in schools across the country. In this essay, three different television programs will be evaluated for their use of aggression. Each television program has been selected to represent a different adolescent cohort, from early childhood through to young adult.
The first program viewed was targeted toward the population of adolescents under the age of six. I chose Sesame Street because of it’s reputation and role in many children’s’ development during their early stages of life. The episode was titled “Furchester Hotel: Cookie Monster, don’t eat the guests ”. Surprisingly enough, even though the title alludes to an act of aggression, there were no examples of verbal or physical violence. There were a few moments of light pushing and bumping into one another, but otherwise the episode was focused on positive behavior and the importance of understanding the importance of friendship and love.
The second program that I viewed was geared toward an older age group; ages seven to the early teens. Chowder, a popular animated show on Cartoon Network seemed like a good choice given its popularity and gender-neutral storyline. The episode was from season one episode five “The Wrong Customer”. In this episode, the title character Chowder finds himself lost on the wrong side of town. While watching the 22-minute show, I counted 28 different accounts of verbal aggression, and 18 accounts of physical aggression. Out of the three shows I observed, this was the most violent by a landslide. There was blatant discrimination...