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The SAGE Handbook of Media Studies examines the theories, practices, and future of this fast-growing field. Editor John Downing and associate editors Denis McQuail, Philip Schlesinger, and Ellen Wartella have brought together a team of international contributors to provide a varied critical analysis of this intensely interesting field of study. The Handbook offers a comprehensive review within five interconnected areas: humanistic and social scientific approaches; global and comparative perspectives; the relation of media to economy and power; media users; and elements in the media mosaic ranging from popular music to digital technologies, from media ethics to advertising, and from Hollywood and Bollywood to alternative media.

Media Violence and Sex: What Are the Concerns, Issues, and Effects?
Media violence and sex: What are the concerns, issues, and effects?

Public concern over children's exposure to violence and sex in the media is not new. During the early 1900s (Lowery & DeFleur, 1988), parents, educators, and policymakers expressed worry that depictions of crime, sex, and love in major motion pictures were having detrimental effects on youth. Yet nearly a hundred years later, the same concern is on the mind of many child advocates in the United States (Steyer, 2002), especially given the increasingly graphic and explicit forms of media violence and sex available to today's youth. As the president of the Parents Television Council recently wrote,

On broadcast television, the medium with the widest reach, ...

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