Is Media Violence a Problem

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The At Issue series includes a wide range of opinion on a single controversial subject. Each volume includes primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives -- eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials and many others. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations to contact offer a gateway to future research.

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Overview

The At Issue series includes a wide range of opinion on a single controversial subject. Each volume includes primary and secondary sources from a variety of perspectives -- eyewitnesses, scientific journals, government officials and many others. Extensive bibliographies and annotated lists of relevant organizations to contact offer a gateway to future research.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Marla K. Unruh
Avoiding the tedium of some pro and con discussions, essays by many authors in the "At Issue" series are succinctly written, clearly differentiated, and often passionate in tone. Each of the eighteen volumes treats a controversial current topic offering a variety of themes. Does the Internet Increase Crime? presents clearly distinguished positions. Spencer Bacchus argues that ready availability of online gambling sites too often leads to addictive behavior in his essay "Online Gambling Leads to Crime." On the other hand, Chris "Fox" Wallace, a professional poker player, maintains that "Online Poker Is Not a Crime" but rather a game of skill. Media violence can be a muddy concept, and its many interpretations are examined with thirteen concise essays in Is Media Violence a Problem? No one point of view becomes tiresomely long; each is lucid and focused. In "Condemnations of Media Violence Are Often Simplistic and Misguided," Henry Jenkins makes the provocative statement, "There is no such thing as media violence" to highlight the need for defining the term as it relates to its many cultural settings. James Kincaid's thesis is concisely and vehemently expressed in "Child Beauty Pageants Reflect the Culture's Sexualization of Children" in Beauty Pageants. He asserts that we blame the media for giving prominence to such stories as the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. The real problem, however, is that we are privately relishing the lurid details. Kincaid concludes that JonBenet "will not rest" until we face our "need" for her. An excellent source for debates, discussions, and reports, this series should be offered to young adults who are able to read, analyze, and think critically about the many points of view presented. Each volume is replete with source material for follow-up study. Reviewer: Marla K. Unruh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737748871
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/14/2010
  • Series: At Issue Series: Mass Media
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Media Violence Causes Aggression in Children Gina Simmons 11

2 Media Violence Does Not Cause Aggressive Behavior in Children Jonathan L. Freedman 15

3 Viewers' Responses to Violent Media Are Complex and Varied David Trend 28

4 Movies Don't Facilitate Violence-Gun Laws Do James Rocchi 34

5 Violent Video Games Might Be to Blame for Violent Behavior Mark Keisha Hoerrner 39

6 Violent Video Games Are Not to Blame for Violent Behavior Daniel Koffler 47

7 Violent Video Games Are Harmful to Young People William Sears 52

8 Condemnations of Media Violence Are Often Simplistic and Misguided Henry Jenkins 58

9 Violent Media Do Not Teach a Christian Worldview Kerby Anderson 69

10 Media Violence Makes Torture Acceptable to Viewers A.S. Hamrah 77

11 The FCC Should Regulate Violence on Television Christian Science Monitor 81

12 The FCC Should Not Regulate Violence on Television Nick Gillespie 84

13 Researchers Have Not Proven That Media Violence Merits Policy Changes Edward Castronova 88

Organizations to Contact 96

Bibliography 100

Index 107

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