Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment

Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment

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by Sissela Bok
     
 

ISBN-10: 0738201456

ISBN-13: 9780738201450

Pub. Date: 04/28/1999

Publisher: Basic Books

What is the effect of long-term media violence on our national character? Do we want four-year-olds watching slasher films? Who should decide? While almost everyone has a strong opinion about the profusion of violence-in film, TV, video games, and on line-paralysis sets in when it comes to action. The issue is seen as a hopeless standoff between free speech and…  See more details below

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What is the effect of long-term media violence on our national character? Do we want four-year-olds watching slasher films? Who should decide? While almost everyone has a strong opinion about the profusion of violence-in film, TV, video games, and on line-paralysis sets in when it comes to action. The issue is seen as a hopeless standoff between free speech and preserving public morality. In Mayhem, Sissela Bok reframes the issue. She shows us that we have created a false dilemma and that we need not feel so helpless. Mayhem lays out the arguments and weighs the evidence on each side: the desensitization, fear, and addiction that concern psychologists, pediatricians, and religious groups on the one hand, and, on the other, the threat of censorship invoked by journalists, civil libertarians, and the entertainment industry. The book gives a vivid historical overview of the debate: from Rome, to nineteenth-century attempts to ban all theater, to censorship of the Internet in Singapore and China, and contrasting views of figures as diverse as Martin Scorsese, Bill Moyers, and Judge Bork. As in Lying and Secrets, she puts this thorny question in clarifying perspective, and shows how our ways of dealing with it not only express, but can shape our character and lives. Finally, she takes up specific and imaginative ways to resolve the dilemma, from private measures for individuals and families to large-scale collective efforts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738201450
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
576,619
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1The paradox of entertainment violence13
Feasts of Violence15
Recoil and Recognition22
The Thrill of the Kill27
"But Movies Are Not Real"35
Transforming Violence40
Pt. 2The impact of media violence47
Double Takes49
Sizing Up the Effects56
Fear61
Desensitization67
Appetite for More Violence77
Aggression82
Pt. 3Censorship91
A Perceived Dilemma93
The Will to Ban andCensor97
Geneva and the Banning of Spectacles102
Singapore, Asian Values, and the Internet108
Journalists and Media Violence113
Adult Rights, Children's Needs, and the Law118
Pt. 4Opportunities127
Openings for Change129
Caveat Emptor132
Media Literacy140
Collective Action145
National Initiatives152
Notes159
Acknowledgments183
Index185
About the Author195
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Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is well written and easy to read if a historical look at violence in media is the only thing you are seeking. However if you seek some new insight on the true effects of media violance on children readers may be somewhat disappointed when it's all said and done. As I read I found that the book merely mirrored what countless other articles have already stated. In the end, it's still an individual's own perception (child or adult) that will determine whether or not media violence they witness will be accepted as truth or rejected as fantasy. Every life is different, every circumstance unique...there is but one cut and dry formula for guaranteeing that media violence will not have any impact on a person, that being to turn the television off, unplug it and hide it in the dark corner of a closet.