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Reload: Rethinking Violence in American Life Library Binding – January 5, 2011

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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826517412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826517418
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,966,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2011

"Indispensable for any criminal justice collection. Essential."

"One of the most valuable pieces of scholarship on the subject of violence and American culture that I have read."
--David Griffith, author of A Good War Is Hard to Find

"Reload is a literate guide through the American cultural landscape. Strain offers bold suggestions for reducing lethal violence in America."
--Jeffrey Goldstein, author of Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent Entertainment

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 16, 2012
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With the horror of Newtown CT fresh in our minds, now is the time to read Christopher Strain's terrific book. We will not solve the problem of gun violence until we confront Demand as well as Supply. We must stop blaming others & look inside ourselves. We all know these hyper-violent multiplex images are toxic. We must say no, no more!

From pages 43 thru 45 = LOOKING FOR KEYS: "Just as a handful of scientists claim that cigarette smoking does not cause cancer, a handful of researchers claim that media violence has no ill effects on viewers... The effects of media are ususally neither simple nor direct, and most often occur at a level below conscious awareness; advertisers who attempt to sway consumer-buying habits know this fact well."

We have made smoking unacceptable; we have made drunk driving unacceptable; we can make the marketing of hyper-violent multiplex movies unacceptable. For the sake of our children, WE must say no, no more!

Not yet convinced? Watch this excellent interview with Professor Strain on BookTV:[...]
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