Media Violence and Aggression: Science and Ideology
SAGE Publications, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 268 pages
"Media Violence and Aggression is a thoughtful and sophisticated work that dismantles the core assumptions of the media violence hypothesis piece by piece...This book makes several core contributions to the discussion on media violence effects above those seen in other critical works."
—Christopher J. Ferguson, PsycCRITIQUES
The authors of Media Violence and Aggression: Science and Ideology, Tom Grimes, James A. Anderson, and Lori Bergen, are determined to leave no stone unturned, no perspectives unexplored, no names left unnamed of those in the field with whom, on both empirical and theoretical grounds, they strenuously disagree. It is an engaging book that needed to be and is up close and personal. In so doing, they have produced what may be the most comprehensive critique and rebuttal to date of the omnipresent media-violence and aggression argument."
—JOURNAL OF MEDIA PSYCHOLOGY
Media Violence and Aggression: Science and Ideology provides a multimethod critique of the media violence/social aggression myth. It provides policy makers and students with information to understand why the violence/media aggression hypothesis does not explain or predict how most people react to what they see and hear in the media. Authors Tom Grimes, James A. Anderson, and Lori Bergen take the reader through a history of media effects research, pointing out where that research has made claims that go beyond empirical evidence.
This is an ideal text for graduate courses such as Mass Communication Theory, Media and Society, Media Effects, and Research Methods in Media in the departments of communication, media studies, journalism, sociology, cultural studies, and political science. It is also vital reading for scholars, researcher, and policy makers interested in media effects.
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Society , for the causationists , it seems , is an indistinguishable amalgam undifferentiated by illness , susceptibility ( except , perhaps , for the very youngest viewers ) , or even psychological wellness .
These , then , are some epistemological issues that refract and bend the way causationists view the world in which the media operate . Media violence and behavioral aggression are contingent on the social context within which they ...
This is a quite different and more modulated hypothesis than the position of the causationists . And it is much more in line with our own experience with media content and with ethnographic studies of media audiences .
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Setting the Stage 1
The Epistemology of Media Effects
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