Good evening adjudicator, time keeper, opposing team, ladies, and gentlemen. The topic for tonight’s debate is movies and TV shows that glorify crime should be banned. We the affirmative team are here to prove that this statement is true. My name is Holly and as first speaker, I will define the topic and introduce our team’s case. I will look into how these type of movies and TV shows encourage speeding and drug use.
Our second speaker Talia will look into how these TV shows and movies encourages theft and fraud. She will provide you with many examples to prove these points.
Our third speaker Lily will talk about why it is bad, how it implants ideas into to people minds so they think to themselves I can do that, and how it is influential to society. Lily will also summarise our teams’ case and prove to you most definitely that TV shows and movies that glorify crime should be banned.
In this topic we have identified 2 terms glorify and crime. Glorify is defines as making something glorious by bestowing honour, and praise or admiration. Crime is an illegal act for which someone can be punished by the government, especially; a gross violation of law. Therefore, we define the topic as TV shows and movies that make crime seem glorious, honourable and admirable should be banned.
My first point is how certain TV shows and movies glorify speeding. There are many examples of this such the fast and the furious franchise, Italian Job, Baby Driver and so many more. Speed can be defined as the act or practice of exceeding the speed limit. Drivers speed for a variety of reasons. One is they feel in control of their vehicle and believe they can set their own speed for the road conditions, regardless of the official limit. Did you know more than 3500 speeding fines were issued every day in Victoria? These are used to enforce speeding laws on-road police, fixed speed cameras, mobile speed cameras, point-to-point speed cameras, combined speed and red light cameras. If you are caught speeding—by any enforcement method—you will be given a fine and demerit points will be recorded on your traffic history. The faster you drive, the longer it takes you to stop, and if you crash, the harder the impact. Depending on how much you are over the speed limit, you could face other punishments such as having your licence suspended. Did you know that nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day? An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled. More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44. Fines for speeding are $200 or more but it is believed to cost $879,686 is believed to be needed to help stop the speeding problem. Speed?related fatalities and hospitalised casualties in Queensland have an estimated social cost of $612 million each year. Speeding in movies and TV shows always looks cool. You see a big car chase they are always escaping someone who is chasing them. They are always driving around in expensive sports cars. This makes speeding look cool and seem rebellious thus causing people to copy and imitate it but the difference is in the movies they never get caught but in real life you do get caught. This isn’t the right message to send to these young
impressionable people watching these movies. Speeding is a big issue clearly these movies and TV shows are encouraging dangerous acts shouldn’t they be banned. TAGLINE
My second point is on drugs. According to the 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 15.6% of Australians had used an illicit drug in the last 12 months. The South Australian percentage was no different at 15.7%. Drug abuse results in behavioural and biological health issues that affect individuals, families, and communities. Economic estimates indicate consequences from drug abuse (including alcohol, tobacco, prescription, and illicit drugs) approach 20% of our federal budget. Drug use is also highly correlated with crime, making the drug issue one of public health and safety. Established in 1999, the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) program is a quarterly collection of criminal justice and drug use information from police detainees at multiple sites (watch houses or police stations) across Australia. The DUMA program is the only Australian survey of police detainees conducted on a routine basis. Assessing the drug use and offending habits of police detainees is valuable in the formulation of policy and programs. The police detainee population is more likely to have had close and recent contact with the illicit drug market than non-detainees and incarcerated offenders. The most commonly used illicit drug in South Australia in 2016 was cannabis (10.7%) followed by cocaine (2%), meth/amphetamine (1.9%) and ecstasy (1.6%); note that ecstasy use decreased significantly from 2.8% in 2013. The percentage of men who reported using illicit drugs was higher than that of women (18.7% compared with 13.2%) and the age group with the highest percentage of people who reported recent illicit drug use was aged 18-24 years (28.9%). According to SAMHSA, in 2009 approximately 23.5 million citizens needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. Of these, only 11% received treatment at a special facility, indicating people with drug and alcohol issues are not seeking or receiving the treatment they require. In 2015, drug overdoses accounted for 52,404 U.S. deaths (19,447 females and 32,957 males). Overdose figures include: Unintentional drug poisoning, Suicide drug poisoning, Homicide drug poisoning, Drug poisoning of undetermined intent. Movies and TV shows lesson the seriousness of drugs. We have been desensitised to these harmful substance by movies and TV shows such as limitless, Lucy, and the Hangover. These movies make drugs look cool, fun, and a way to escape from everyday life. However, in these movies and TV shows these drugs have little to no consequences. But it real life they have major consequence on your health, your relationships with other people, you job, and so much more. TAGLINE
In conclusion these types if TV shows and movies should be banned as they glorify the use of drugs and speeding. Our second speaker Talia will convince you further by talking about TV shows and movies encourages theft and fraud. She will provide you with many examples to prove these points. TAGLINE