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Violence on Television: Congressional Inquiry, Public Criticism and Industry Response - A Policy Analysis

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Congressional scrutiny and public criticism of violent television have spanned nearly four decades with little change in the emphasis of those protests. Despite the intensive spotlight cast on broadcasters, few in Congress have really tried to affect any real changes in the amount and nature of violence in television programming. Although there have been many studies conducted on the effects of television, few authors have explored the political, cultural and societal influences in the battles over television ...

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Overview

Congressional scrutiny and public criticism of violent television have spanned nearly four decades with little change in the emphasis of those protests. Despite the intensive spotlight cast on broadcasters, few in Congress have really tried to affect any real changes in the amount and nature of violence in television programming. Although there have been many studies conducted on the effects of television, few authors have explored the political, cultural and societal influences in the battles over television violence. This book explores the complexities of Congressional and public scrutiny and the dynamics of communications policy-making in the United States.

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Barbara Moore
A well-written, well-researched account of Congressional efforts to deal with violence on TV and of the industry's response to that effort. His analysis is cogent and insightful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761804772
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 10/4/1996
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia A. Cooper is Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Ch. 1 Broadcast Policy Making Research: Participants, Structures and Influences 1
Ch. 2 Study of Congressional Hearings and Their Impact 11
Ch. 3 Early Concerns Over Media Violence: Parents Protest Betty Boop and the Ether Bogeyman 21
Ch. 4 Television - The Preparatory School for Juvenile Delinquency 27
Ch. 5 Responding To Citizen Efforts To Clean Up the Vast Wasteland 37
Ch. 6 The Kennedy Assassination and the Search For the Cause of Violence 49
Ch. 7 The National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence 55
Ch. 8 Senator and The Surgeon General: The Blind Leading the Blindfolded? 63
Ch. 9 Report By The Scientific Advisory Committee on Television & Social Behavior 69
Ch. 10 Attempts To Regulate Television Violence Through Section 315 and The Fairness Doctrine 75
Ch. 11 In Search of A Causal Link Between Television and Behavior 79
Ch. 12 Sex & Violence on Television: Parts I & II 85
Ch. 13 Television Violence and the Courts: Don't Blame Me, TV Made Me Do It! 91
Ch. 14 NBC and The Moral Majority: A Holy War Over Violence on Television 99
Ch. 15 Removing the Shackles of Anticompetitive Regulation 109
Ch. 16 "Happy Violence" and a Return to Concern Youth Violence 115
Ch. 17 Janet Reno v. Beavis and Butthead 127
Ch. 18 Congress Passes the Telecommunications Act of 1996 131
Ch. 19 Summary Observations 135
Appendices 143
Bibliography 175
Index 199
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