Ill Effects: The Media Violence Debate

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The influence of the media remains a contentious issue. Every time a particularly high-profile crime of violence is committed, there are those who blame the effects of the media. The familiar culprits of cinema, television, video and rock music, have now been joined, particularly in the wake of the massacre at Columbine High School, by the Internet. Yet, any real evidence that the media do actually have such negative effects remains as elusive as ever and, consequently, the debate about effects frequently ends up...

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Overview

The influence of the media remains a contentious issue. Every time a particularly high-profile crime of violence is committed, there are those who blame the effects of the media. The familiar culprits of cinema, television, video and rock music, have now been joined, particularly in the wake of the massacre at Columbine High School, by the Internet. Yet, any real evidence that the media do actually have such negative effects remains as elusive as ever and, consequently, the debate about effects frequently ends up as being little more than strident and rhetorical appeals to "common sense." Ill Effects is a guide for the perplexed. It suggests new and productive ways in which we can understand the influences of the media and question why the effects paradigm still exerts a tenacious hold in some quarters. Refusing to adopt the absurd position that the media have no influence at all, Ill Effects rethinks the notion of media influence in ways which take into account how people actually use and interact with the media in their everyday lives.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780415146722
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/16/1997
  • Series: Communication and Society Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Notes
Introduction: From bad research to good - a guide for the perplexed
1 The Newson Report: a case study in 'commonsense'
2 The worrying influence of 'media effects' studies
3 Electronic child abuse? Rethinking the media's effects on children
4 Living for a libido; or, Child's Play IV: the imagery of childhood and the call for censorship
5 Just what the doctors ordered? - Media regulation, education and the 'problem' of media violence
6 Once more with feeling: talking about the media violence debate in Australia
7 I was a teenage horror fan: or, 'How I learned to stop worrying and love Linda Blair'
8 'Looks Like it Hurts': Women's Responses to Shocking Entertainment
9 Reservoirs of dogma: an archaeology of popular anxieties
10 Us and them
11 Invasion of the Internet Abusers: Marketing Fears About the Information Superhighway
12 On the problems of being a 'trendy travesty'
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