The Myth of Media Violence: A Critical Introduction / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 28%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 94%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (22) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $25.15   
  • Used (13) from $1.99   


The Myth of Media Violence: A Critical Introduction assesses the current and historical debates over violence in film, television, and video games; extends the conversation beyond simple condemnation or support; and addresses a diverse range of issues and influences.
• Looks at the chronology of contemporary media violence, and explores reservations over communications medias throughout history.
• Examines the forces behind the encouraged anxieties about media violence.
• Uses examples drawn from a range of media, including disaster and horror movies, science fiction, film tie-in toys, crime shows, MTV, news, sports, and children's television programming, books and video games.
• Includes a closing chapter about why media violence exists as it does in our culture, and what we can do about it.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Trend does a nice job examining the historical discussions of media violence and how research has become inseparable…written well and is a pleasure to read.”
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405133852
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 146
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

David Trend is Professor of Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Radical Democracy: Identity, Citizenship and the State (1995) and Reading Digital Culture (Blackwell, 2001).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Media Violence Tower of Babble.

1. We Like to Watch: A Brief History of Media Violence.

What is Media Violence?.

A Cacophony of Voices.

2. Watching Doesn’t Make Us Violent: Assessing the Research on Media Violence.

Media Violence in Historical Perspective.

Regulation Efforts.

Historical Continuities in Media Violence Debates.

Media Hysteria and the Culture of Fear.

The Media Hysteria Cycle.

The Win-Win Situation.

The Facts about Crime and Violence.

3. We Are Afraid: Media Violence and Society.

Identity and Fear.

Fear and Desire.

Gender and Race.

Crime and Politics.

The War on Terrorism.

4. We Can’t Stop the Violence: The Uses and Importance of Media Violence.

Violence and Education.

Violence and Art.

Violence and News.

The Media Violence Industry.

The New Economics of Entertainment.

The Movie Business.

Disaster Movies.

Science Fiction.


Beyond the Theater and into the Toy Store.


Critical Viewing.

Dramatic Programs.

Reality Television.

Music Television.

TV News.

Children’s Programming.

Sports on TV.

5. But We Can Understand It: Beyond Polemics in the Media Violence Debate.

Publishing Violence.

Computer and Video Games.

The Desire for Media Violence.

The Aesthetics of Violence.

Narratives of Violence.

The Ethics of Media Violence.

Violence and Memory.

Responding to Media Violence.


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)