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"This is a very interesting book that addresses an important issue, the influence of media violence on children and adolescents. The book is suitable for use in an advanced undergraduate class or in a specialized graduate seminar devoted to studies of media and children. The author has assembled a broad range of research resources and commentaries on the topic and seems knowledgeable about the issues and concerns in the field."
"The book is exceedingly well written. It is clear, engaging, and readable. This is a substantial accomplishment and I believe it is one of the main strengths of the manuscript."
"Such a book is timely and fills an important niche for professionals in the field and for instruction….Particularly appealing is the fact that it takes a broad view of the entire media violence literature."
"Kirsh has produced a very logical and systematic approach to examining research concerning children, aggressive behavior, and the influence of media violence."
|1||There and back again : a media violence tale||3|
|2||Exposing the beast within : aggressive behaviour across development||21|
|3||Understanding the beast within : theories of aggressive behaviour||47|
|4||Dining on death and destruction : the how much and why of violent media consumption||71|
|5||Violent media and the need to feel strong and powerful||95|
|6||Watching the playful beast : sports violence and aggression||115|
|7||Violence-laden imagination : comic books, fiction, and toys||139|
|8||Animating the beast : cartoon violence||159|
|9||Listening to the beast : violence in music and music videos||179|
|10||Watching the beast : live-action television and movie violence||201|
|11||Playing with the beast : violent video games||227|
|12||Aggressive behaviour : risk and protective factors||249|
|13||The threat of media violence : assessing its magnitude and reducing its effects||271|
|14||Policy, violent entertainment, and youth||297|
|15||The good, the bad, and the ugly : effects of nonviolent media on children and adolescents||325|