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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While a radio produces only music and talk , television turns on a live world of pictures and sound , and sometimes color . ... in the current conservative turn and explosion of special interest groups with “ family ” in their names .
... are specifically singled out ( 16 ) : On April 20 , 1999 , Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold launched an assault on Columbine High School in Littleton , Colorado , murdering 13 and wounding 23 before turning the guns on themselves .
An added side bar to this argument is to point to the hidden process of " turning the child ” or adolescent or adult ( 24 ) : The impact of TV violence may be ... “ Turning the child ” arguments turn the reader against the child .
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Setting the Stage 1
The Epistemology of Media Effects
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