Violence in the Media: A Reference Handbook

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Violence in the Media: A Reference Handbook documents the issues, impact, controversies, and consequences of one of the most insidious phenomena facing American society. With 99 percent of American homes having TV sets, the book's main focus is on television violence and in particular its effects on children, who spend an average of 28 hours a week watching television.

A historical synopsis, covering early concerns that continue to be hotly debated, describes congressional hearings and their outcomes. Brief biographies present perspectives on key players like theoretician Albert Bandura, communication scholar George Gerbner, and Representative Edward Marke (D-MA). A discussion of the evidence both supporting and condemning media violence includes its use by perpetrators in the Columbine High School shootings and recent sniper attacks.

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"This kind of handbook is a great place to begin more in-depth work on a highly controversial subject."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851096046
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/15/2005
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1 History of violence in the media 1
2 What we know about media violence 29
3 Problems, controversies, and solutions 55
4 Chronology 75
5 Biographical sketches 95
6 Facts and figures 135
7 Organizations and Websites 163
8 Video and film resources 197
9 Print resources and annotated bibliography 217
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