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On TV what counts as violence?

Vox_Veritas
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10/23/2014 6:33:27 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
What is the criteria for something on TV to count as violent?

Is it the presence of blood? Probably not, as watching a bloodless show about someone being tortured with a taser still counts as violent. Also, medical dramas are not considered violent.
Is the involvement of pain a requirement? Probably not, as Pikachu gets beaten up regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.
Is it the presence of death? Probably not, as the monsters of the week in Power Rangers die regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.

Discuss.
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10/23/2014 7:45:47 PM
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Violence: "behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone"

Pretty much that.

Pikachu gets beaten up regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.

That's still violence.
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10/23/2014 8:17:24 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/23/2014 7:45:47 PM, phantom wrote:
Violence: "behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone"

Pretty much that.

Pikachu gets beaten up regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.

That's still violence.

You don't see anybody demanding that Pokemon be rated TV-14.
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10/23/2014 8:37:31 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/23/2014 8:17:24 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 10/23/2014 7:45:47 PM, phantom wrote:
Violence: "behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone"

Pretty much that.

Pikachu gets beaten up regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.

That's still violence.

You don't see anybody demanding that Pokemon be rated TV-14.

Your topic is what counts as violence on TV. It doesn't need to be rated TV-14 to have some very minor violence in it. If you're asking how they determine what's violent enough to up the rating, then I don't have the answer, but you could probably find it if you looked into it.
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11/6/2014 5:55:27 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/23/2014 8:17:24 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
At 10/23/2014 7:45:47 PM, phantom wrote:
Violence: "behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone"

Pretty much that.

Pikachu gets beaten up regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.

That's still violence.

You don't see anybody demanding that Pokemon be rated TV-14.

Graphic bloodshed or even any hints of it would be considered violence.
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11/6/2014 5:57:43 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/23/2014 6:33:27 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
What is the criteria for something on TV to count as violent?

Is it the presence of blood? Probably not, as watching a bloodless show about someone being tortured with a taser still counts as violent. Also, medical dramas are not considered violent.
Is the involvement of pain a requirement? Probably not, as Pikachu gets beaten up regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.
Is it the presence of death? Probably not, as the monsters of the week in Power Rangers die regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.

Discuss.

Now I see it this way.
References to murder tend to be automatic TV-14.

As for actual violence, it's difficult to determine.
Wartime and action movie violence -- TV-14
Murders -- TV-MA automatically

The context matters, if it's a detective doing his job, or even vigilante violence, it's not treated as serious. If it's a mobster just shooting someone out of anger or because the criminal didn't pay their debt, then that's an R-rated thing.
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11/6/2014 5:59:15 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/23/2014 6:33:27 PM, Vox_Veritas wrote:
What is the criteria for something on TV to count as violent?

Is it the presence of blood? Probably not, as watching a bloodless show about someone being tortured with a taser still counts as violent. Also, medical dramas are not considered violent.
Is the involvement of pain a requirement? Probably not, as Pikachu gets beaten up regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.
Is it the presence of death? Probably not, as the monsters of the week in Power Rangers die regularly and nobody thinks anything of it.

Discuss.

PG-13 violence -- detectives shooting criminals in high-speed chases, war violence
R-rated or higher violence -- murders, rape, really gory depictions of war.