Media and Violence pays equal attention to the production, content and reception involved in any representation of violence. This book offers a framework for understanding how violence is represented and consumed. It examines the relationship of media, gender, and real-world violence; representations of violence in screen entertainment; the effects of violent media on consumers; the ethics and gender politics of the production processes of screen violence; and the discussions are illustrated with topical and well-known examples, enabling the reader to critically engage with the debates.
Chapter 1: The Effects of Violence in the Media
The Effects of Violence in the Media
This chapter provides an overview and critique of popular and academic debates about the effects of violence in the media. The title is deliberately ambiguous, pointing to ‘the media’ both as the source of stories about effects (the effects of violence in the media) and as the effective agent (the effects of violence in the media). The organisation of this chapter mirrors this dual emphasis by, first, examining the ways in which the media (and, in particular, the print media) construct the ‘media effects’ story and, second, considering what academic research can tell us about the effects of violence in the media:
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