Media Violence and Christian Ethics

Media Violence and Christian Ethics

by Jolyon Mitchell
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521812569

ISBN-13: 9780521812566

Pub. Date: 11/01/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How can audiences interact creatively, wisely and peaceably with the many different forms of violence found throughout today's media? Suicide attacks, graphic executions and the horrors of war appear in news reports, films, websites, and even on mobile phones. One approach towards media violence is to attempt to protect viewers; another is to criticise journalists,

Overview

How can audiences interact creatively, wisely and peaceably with the many different forms of violence found throughout today's media? Suicide attacks, graphic executions and the horrors of war appear in news reports, films, websites, and even on mobile phones. One approach towards media violence is to attempt to protect viewers; another is to criticise journalists, editors, film-makers and their stories. In this book Jolyon Mitchell highlights Christianity's ambiguous relationship with media violence. He goes beyond debates about the effects of watching mediated violence to examine how audiences, producers and critics interact with news images, films, video-games and advertising. He argues that practices such as hospitality, friendship, witness and worship can provide the context where both spectacular and hidden violence can be remembered and reframed. This can help audiences to imagine how their own identities and communities can be based not upon violence, but upon a more lasting foundation of peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521812566
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Series:
New Studies in Christian Ethics Series, #30
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: regarding media violence; Part I. Media Realities?: 1. Remembering violent news; 2. Reframing news; 3. Re-envisaging photojournalism; Part II. Media Fantasies?: 4. Reviewing violent films; 5. Reinterpreting films and video games; 6. Reappraising advertisements; 7. Redescribing media violence.

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