Some sociologists will agree that violence in mass media leads to violence in real life due to hyper reality. This is where people do not realise the difference between real life and a virtual world. This can lead to violence in real life because when people get stuck in these hyper realities they become desensitised towards crime and punishment.
For example when somebody plays a video game, and become in a hyper reality they do not get any consequences towards their actions, so when it comes to real life, they do not think about what will happen when they do something. Some sociologists may also agree because of certain role models, these create an image to look up to, these change the way people think and even the way they act, causing them to commit crimes. For example Miley Cyrus, who changed her persona completely and encourage drugs, which in turn could make people want to take drugs to be like her.
Another reason why sociologists may agree is because today’s media desensitises people, this is where they take away people feelings and emotions, so the media can shape them to how they want, so in turn they can cause more people to commit crimes so there is more crimes the media can report on and keep the media alive. However, some sociologists may disagree because if is not only the media who shape the way we think and act, it is also the way we are nurtured and from schools which change the way we look at things.
For example, a child may have grown up in a violent house, with drugs and domestic violence, which they think is normal so they do it because they know no difference. Another reason why some sociologists may disagree is because the media doesn’t just completely promote violence, in many cases is also encourages peace, this means that it is not just the dark side to the media which makes people commit crimes as there is also a lighter side to it.
This means that people can judge for themselves if they want to commit a crime or not. Finally, another reason why some sociologists may disagree is because some people may have different issues with them, which make them commit the crimes, for example somebody could have anger issues and if somebody annoyed them, without them knowing about their problem then they could be hurt, and the person may not actually want to do it, but in the moment of the heat did it because of their issues.
In conclusion, some sociologists agree that violence in the mass media promotes crime in real life because; hyper reality, role models and desensitisation. However, some sociologists may disagree that violence in the mass media promotes crime in real life because; it is the way that people are brought up, peace in the media and some people may have different issues which cause them to commit the crime.