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 Four: Myth 3: Children are Especially Vulnerable to the Risks of Negative Exposure to Media Violence
Myth 3: Children are Especially Vulnerable to the Risks of Negative Exposure to Media Violence
There is a widespread belief that children are especially vulnerable to negative effects from media violence in general compared with adolescents and adults. It is easy to understand why we would focus on protecting children. We commonly believe that children are highly vulnerable to harm in the world. Children have less experience than adolescents and adults do. They also have not yet developed a high degree of thinking ability (Piaget & Inhelder, 1969), emotional control (Goleman, 1995), or moral reasoning (Kohlberg, 1981). When children are very young and their minds are relatively undeveloped, they have difficulty ...