Violence in Entertainment Media - Implications on National Security

By Saa-aondo Stephen Asombu


This study seeks to provide a definite answer to the uncertainty of the linkages between violence entertainment media and the plethora of security challenges in Nigeria.
Violence in Entertainment Media - Implications on National Security
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This work is an appraisal of the entertainment industry aimed at ascertaining the linkages between dramatised violence and the security challenges in the country. The study found out that certain factors, called aversive events, physiological arousals or simply environments of frustration, are known for linking violence in entertainment with aggressive behaviours that challenge national security. Based on the findings, the study concludes that the various issues of crises, militia and terror groups, violent demonstrations in higher institutions of learning, arm robbery, kidnapping, ritualism, bullying and sexual assaults prevalent in the country are attendant challenges of the marriage between violence in entertainment media and the frustrations of citizens in Nigeria. The study recommends, amongst other things, that the Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) should ensure that violent content is eliminated in home videos except where it is presented as an evil that should be avoided; in which case, the aggressive character must receive obvious punishment as a moral warning to viewers. Again, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) must join the fight against corruption by organising and conducting credible elections that will produce credible leaders who will eliminate all environments of frustration that impregnate violent entertainment media to give birth to social vices and insecurity in Nigeria.

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Saa-aondo Stephen Asombu

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