Ill Effects: The Media Violence Debate

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-05-29
  • Publisher: Routledge
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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 School, by the Internet. 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 Effectsis a guide for the perplexed. It suggests new and productive ways in which we can understand the influences of the media and question why the effects paradigm still exerts a tenacious hold in some quarters. Refusing to adopt the absurd position that the media have no influence at all,Ill Effectsrethinks the notion of media influence in ways which take into account how people actually use andinteract with the media in their everyday lives.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction: from bad research to good - a guide for the perplexed 1(26)
Martin Barker
Julian Petley
The Newson Report: a case study in `common sense'
Martin Barker
The worrying influence of `media effects' studies
David Gauntlett
Electronic child abuse? Rethinking the media's effects on children
David Buckingham
Living for libido; or, `Child's Play IV': the imagery of childhood and the call for censorship
Patricia Holland
Just what the doctors ordered? Media regulation, education and the `problem' of media violence
Sara Bragg
Once more with feeling: talking about the media violence debate in Australia
Sue Turnbull
I was a teenage horror fan: or, `How I learned to stop worrying and love Linda Blair'
Mark Kermode
`Looks like it hurts': women's responses to shocking entertainment
Annette Hill
Reservoirs of dogma: an archaeology of popular anxieties
Graham Murdock
Us and them
Julian Petley
Invasion of the Internet abusers: marketing fears about the information superhighway
Thomas Craig
Julian Petley
On the problems of being a `trendy travesty'
Martin Barker
Julian Petley
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