Ill Effects: The Media Violence Debate (Communication and Society 2nd Revised edition)

Ill Effects: The Media Violence Debate (Communication and Society 2nd Revised edition)

By: Julian Petley (editor), Martin Barker (editor)Paperback

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The influence of the media remains a contentious issue. Every time a particularly high-profile crime of violence is committed, there are those who blame the effects of the media. The familiar culprits of cinema, television, video and rock music, have now been joined, particularly in the wake of the massacre at Columbine High, by the Internet and the World Wide Web. Yet, any real evidence that the media do actually have such negative effects remains as elusive as ever and, consequently, the debate about effects frequently ends up as being little more than strident and rhetorical appeals to 'common sense'. Ill Effects argues that the question of media influence needs to be debated by those with a clearer understanding of how audiences and media interact with one another. Analysing the failure of the effects approach to understand both the modern media and their audiences, this second edition examines the influence of the effects tradition in America, the United Kingdom, Australia and Europe as well as the role of the British Board of Film Classification. Contributors examine the increasing number of stories about the alleged ill effects of the Internet and enquire whether this is a prelude to, and a crude attempt to legitimise, the imposition of tighter controls on new media. Ill Effects is a guide for the perplexed. It suggests new and productive ways in which we can understand the effects of the media and questions why many in media education accept a simple interpretation of the effects debate, particularly at times of moral panic. Refusing to adopt the absurd position that the media have no influence at all, Ill Effects reconceptualises the notion of media influence in ways which take into account how people actually use and interact with the media in their everyday lives. Martin Barker, Sara Bragg, David Buckingham, Tom Craig, David Gauntlett, Patricia Holland, Annette Hill, Mark Kermode, Graham Murdoch, Julian Petley, Sue Turnbull.

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Notes Introduction: From bad research to good - a guide for the perplexed 1.The Newson Report: a case study in 'commonsense' Martin Barker 2.The worrying influence of 'media effects' studies David Gauntlett 3.Electronic child abuse? Rethinking the media's effects on children David Buckingham 4.Living for a libido; or, Child's Play IV: the imagery of childhood and the call for censorship Patricia Holland 5.Just what the doctors ordered? - Media regulation, education and the 'problem' of media violence Sara Bragg 6.Once more with feeling: talking about the media violence debate in Australia Sue Turnbull 7.I was a teenage horror fan: or, 'How I learned to stop worrying and love Linda Blair' Mark Kermode 8.'Looks Like it Hurts': Women's Responses to Shocking Entertainment Annette Hill 9.Reservoirs of dogma: an archaeology of popular anxieties Graham Murdock 10.Us and them Julian Petley 11.Invasion of the Internet Abusers: Marketing Fears About the Information Superhighway Thomas Craig and Julian Petley 12.On the problems of being a 'trendy travesty' Martin Barker with Julian Petley Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/04/2001
  • ISBN13: 9780415225137
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9780415225137
  • weight: 317
  • ISBN10: 0415225132
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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