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Socialization of Violence in Media and Its Effects

  • By: Kevin D. Williams
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

The socialization of media violence pertains to the role that media play in instructing both children and adults about violence in the real world and the ways that instruction normalizes violence in reality. The concern is that media violence both overestimates the amount of violence in the real world and teaches the audience that violence is an appropriate means of settling differences and obtaining goals. The extent of this influence has been under continual debate, given that several other social factors (parenting, peer influence, religious teachings, etc.) also play a part in this socialization process. Several scholars, however, have argued that media do play an important part among various socialization factors that lead to a cumulative normative belief regarding the use of violence in society. ...

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