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.

Prognosis for Improvement

Prognosis for improvement

We are currently stuck in an unproductive place on the problem of media violence—and we have been stuck in this place for a long time. The public keeps complaining about media violence. Congress keeps holding hearings and suggesting that the industry change its practices. The industry keeps complaining about government interference, citing the First Amendment. The industry argues that it is in business to provide the public with what it wants. The industry places blame on the public for demanding violence and then complaining about it.

The public keeps believing that the violent content is harmful—but only to other people, especially children, so it asks for ratings of programs. The television industry fights against labeling programs, citing the First Amendment as ...

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