America’s perception in the 1950’s Western films echoes our understanding of ourselves. The good guys fought bad guys, outlaws, thieves, Mexicans or Indians. Bad guys wore the black hats, he sheriffs wore white. Native Americans and Mexicans were portrayed as savages and inferior. There was no moral ambiguity.
American media depicts and glorifies violence whose effect is felt throughout society. Children are subliminally
being assimilated into the greater gun violent North American society. One of the most powerful tools which
influences them is television. Research has shown that prolonged television viewing by children is associated with
aggressive behavior, lack of creativity, patience, imagination, participation, physical, and mental development.
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