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 Six: Myth 5: Violence in the Media Reflects Violence in Society
Myth 5: Violence in the Media Reflects Violence in Society
In the film Money Train, a criminal attempts to rob a subway token seller. The criminal sprays lighter fluid into the token seller's glass-enclosed booth, then throws in a lit match. The makers of the film claimed they were depicting a real crime method. When someone copied the action depicted on film, the movie makers deflected criticism by arguing that the copying of the fictional crime validated their claim that the movie was only reflecting real life (Leland, 1995).
It is common for producers to argue that violence is a part of everyday life and that the media are only reflecting the violence. This has been an ...