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The Myth of Media Violence: A Critical Introduction Hardcover – January 2, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-1405133838 ISBN-10: 140513383X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (January 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140513383X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405133838
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 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: #4,312,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Trend does a nice job examining the historical discussions of media violence and how research has become inseparable…written well and is a pleasure to read.”

Book Description

Public hunger for violent entertainment has always existed with each invention of new media, from the printing press to the Internet. The Myth of Media Violence examines the current and historical debates over one of the most widely discussed yet little understood issues of our time: the social and cultural effects of violence in film, television, and video games. Written in an accessible style, this book explains the need for media violence, and why, despite decades of activism against them, violent media outlets continue to grow and develop at a rapid pace. Engaging examples are drawn from a range of media, including disaster and horror movies, science fiction, film tie-in toys, crime shows, MTV, news, sports, and childrenrsquo;s television programming, books and video games. The book also investigates the forces encouraging social anxieties, why violence in media exists at all, and how society can deal with it.

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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura Crawford on May 23, 2009
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Trend's overview of this contentious issue is balanced, interesting and extremely informative. I would recommend this book both as an interesting read and a valuable reference.The Myth of Media Violence: A Critical Introduction
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