The 11 Myths of Media Violence clearly explains why media violence has not only been allowed but encouraged to escalate. Esteemed author W. James Potter challenges many of our assumptions about the relationship between media and violence. He argues that these assumptions are the primary barriers preventing us from confronting the issue of violence in films, TV, and video games. Students and scholars of Mass Media, Communications, Film, and Sociology will find The 11 Myths of Media Violence inspires passionate discussion and innovative research. Consumer activists, teachers, and families will find it an essential resource and invaluable step toward finding solutions to this critical social issue.
Chapter One: Current Context
The problem of media violence has been with us for as long as we have had mass media. From the earliest days, storytellers have been presenting conflict in the form of violence, and the public has sought out these stories. As each new medium has come on the scene and consumed more of the population's attention, exposure to violence in the media has grown, and along with the exposure, criticism of the violence has also grown. With the arrival of the medium of television into most American households during the 1950s, criticism of media violence became widespread throughout the population. The U.S. Congress picked up on public concern 50 years ago and began holding official hearings on the problem–and those hearings continue ...