Television Violence and Public Policy

Television Violence and Public Policy

by James T. Hamilton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472086995

ISBN-13: 9780472086993

Pub. Date: 08/16/2000

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Since 1954, violence in television programming has been the subject of legislative debate, congressional hearings, agency pronouncements, and presidential commentary. Most recently, ratings of television programs have been discussed and implemented while other means of controlling the access to certain kinds of television programs have been discussed. The debate over…  See more details below

Overview

Since 1954, violence in television programming has been the subject of legislative debate, congressional hearings, agency pronouncements, and presidential commentary. Most recently, ratings of television programs have been discussed and implemented while other means of controlling the access to certain kinds of television programs have been discussed. The debate over the age-based program rating system recently implemented by the television industry has generated many questions about television violence.

The essays in the volume provide answers to many of these questions on specific policy issues surrounding media violence. The contributors suggest that the research on television violence can serve as the basis for a framework that categorizes programs based on the context in which the violence is presented. The manner in which information is conveyed about violent content affects how viewers react to such warnings. Program warnings with MPAA-style ratings have the potential to confuse parents (since they do not provide detailed content information) and attract some viewers such as teenage males.

The contributors include some of the top researchers in the field of communications, several of whom participated in the National Television Violence Study. Contributors are Eva Blumenthal, Joanne Cantor, Wayne Danielson, Ed Donnerstein, Tim Gray, Kristen Harrison, Cynthia Hoffner, Marlies Klijn, Marina Krcmar, Dale Kunkel, Dominic Lasorsa, Rafael Lopez, Dan Linz, Adriana Olivarez, James Potter, Stacy Smith, Matthew L. Spitzer, Ellen Wartella, D. Charles Whitney, and Barbara Wilson.

This volume will be of interest to communications researchers, media policy experts, legal scholars,government and industry officials, and social scientists interested in media and television.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472086993
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
08/16/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Ch. 1Media Violence and Public Policy1
Ch. 2Content Analysis of Entertainment Television: The Importance of Context13
Ch. 3Content Analysis of Entertainment Television: New Methodological Developments55
Ch. 4Content Analysis of Entertainment Television: The 1994-95 Results105
Ch. 5Content Analysis of Entertainment Television: Implications for Public Policy149
Ch. 6Television Visual Violence in Reality Programs: Differences across Genres163
Ch. 7Ratings and Advisories: Implications for the New Ratings System for Television179
Ch. 8Does Viewer Discretion Prompt Advertiser Discretion? The Impact of Violence Warnings on the Television Advertising Market213
Ch. 9Stop the Violence: Lessons from Antiviolence Campaigns Using Mass Media267
Ch. 10Framing of the Television Violence Issue in Newspaper Coverage313
Ch. 11A First Glance at the Constitutionality of the V-Chip Ratings System335
List of Contributors385
Index387

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