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11 Myths of Violence

11 Myths of Violence - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761927358

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ISBN13: 978-0761927358
ISBN10: 0761927352
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.
Published: 2003
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11 Myths of Violence - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0761927358

W. James Potter

ISBN13: 978-0761927358
ISBN10: 0761927352
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Sage Publications, Inc.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

Violence sells. The media industries say they are simply businesses responding to market desires, but when they are criticized for contributing to a culture of violence, they claim First Amendment protection. If anything, media violence is more prevalent today than at any other time in the past. Yet, although scientific researchers have produced a strong body of evidence demonstrating that exposure to media violence harms society, that evidence has never been translated into practical and accessible ideas.

The 11 Myths of Media Violence clearly explains why media violence has not only been allowed but encouraged to escalate. Esteemed author W. James Potter challenges many of our assumptions about the relationship between media and violence. He argues that these assumptions are the primary barriers preventing us from confronting the issue of violence in films, TV, and video games.

While dispelling misperceptions and evoking emotions, each chapter:

  • identifies a myth, its origin, its acceptance by the public, and its growth in popularity.
  • analyzes the faulty nature of the myth and shows how it deflects attention away from the truth.
  • presents "dilemmas" that challenge readers to reconsider their assumptions.
  • includes a list of indispensable references.

The 11 Myths of Media Violence provides an in-depth review of how Congress, journalists, and researchers contribute to the problem and raises important questions that place the reader at the heart of the conflict. W. James Potter takes a broad social science approach, presenting technical information in a direct, balanced, and very readable manner.

Students and scholars of Mass Media, Communications, Film, and Sociology will find The 11 Myths of Media Violence inspires passionate discussion and innovative research. Consumer activists, teachers, and families will find it an essential resource and invaluable step toward finding solutions to this critical social issue.

Features:

  • Research-based material written accessibly for student or lay readers
  • "Dilemmas" throughout the text that challenge readers to reconsider their assumptions
  • References at the end of each chapter
  • Explanations where this violence is coming from and why it is escalating

Author Bio

Potter, W. James : University of California, Santa Barbara

Table of Contents

Myth 1: Violence in the media does not affect me, but others are at high risk.
Myth 2: The media are not responsible for the negative effects of their violent messages.
Myth 3: Children are especially vulnerable to risks of effects from exposure to media violence.
Myth 4: There is too much violence in the media.
Myth 5: Violence in the media reflects violence in society.
Myth 6: The media are only responding to market desires.
Myth 7: Vioence is an essential element in all fiction.
Myth 8: Reducing the amount of violence in the media will solve the problem.
Myth 9: The First Amendment protects the media from restrictions on violence.
Myth 10: Rating systems and V-chip will help solve the problem.
Myth 11: There is nothing I can do to make an effect on reducing the problem.
Prognosis for Improvement
References
Index

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