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.

Myth 7: Violence is an Essential Element in all Fiction

Myth 7: Violence is an essential element in all fiction

Each year the top 60 television broadcast and cable networks present over half a million hours of programming. Violence is typically found in all of those networks, across all days and day-parts, and across all types of television programming. Why? There is a general belief among programmers that violence is an important and even an essential element in telling stories.

This is another myth that the media industries use to defend themselves from criticism. Again, it is misleading because of what it fails to address. Of course it is true that violence is a useful tool in telling some types of stories, and there are some stories ...

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