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 Nine: Myth 8: Reducing the Amount of Violence in the Media Will Solve the Problem
Myth 8: Reducing the Amount of Violence in the Media Will Solve the Problem
Even if we substantially reduced the amount of violence in the media, there would still be a serious problem. The solution does not lie in simply reducing the amount. Keeping score of the problem of media violence is not as simple as playing golf, where getting better means lowering our score.
With the problem of media violence, getting better means changing the way violence is predominantly portrayed. Our risk of experiencing negative effects is influenced primarily by what the portrayals tell us about violence. The frequency of violent portrayals is a secondary concern. If the context of the portrayal ...