- Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Greenhaven Press; 1 edition (October 10, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0737720115
- ISBN-13: 978-0737720112
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,844,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Opposing Viewpoints Series - Media Violence (hardcover edition) Hardcover – October 10, 2003
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Grade 9 Up-This volume opens with a history of the nationwide debate over violent content in television, video games, music, and film, tracing the story from Punch and Judy to Marilyn Manson. The following chapters address the impact of violent media, government intervention, and societal response. Written by professors, senators, psychologists, CEOs, and media watchdogs, the articles provide a truly diverse and divergent set of opinions. Short in length (most have been edited from original pieces) and strong on substance, the essays will appeal to students preparing papers and debate topics. Interesting quotes are highlighted, important points are frequently bulleted, and charts and graphs are included when appropriate. Discussion questions, lists of periodical articles and books, and an excellent index are included. At times some references, such as the Beavis and Butthead controversy of 1993, seem dated. However, the issues of ratings systems, news coverage of violent crimes, and parental advisories are all still very much in the public debate. This topic is close to the heart of teens, and they will find themselves vigorously agreeing and disagreeing with the sundry viewpoints presented. The fine articles and inclusion of well-known authors and incendiary topics should spur students to create well-crafted analyses. Overall, this is a fine addition.
Cass Kvenild, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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"Long-standing series about controversial contemporary issues continue(s) to turn out exceptional titles. Greenhaven's Opposing Viewpoints presents multiple perspectives on hot topics such as abortion, the death penalty, and censorship through excerpts from primary materials ranging from speeches to cartoons."
-- Booklist (October 2001) (Booklist 20011015)
"The format and approach are identical to other titles in the series; both sides of a particular issue are explored in depth. Each essay is prefaced by questions that will help students focus their reading and each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading and research. Students will find the articles helpful in examining these controversial and often emotional issues."
-- School Library Journal (August 2002) (School Library Journal 20020801)
"As usual for books in this series, there are plenty of follow-up sources for students to pursue."
-- Booklist (June 2002) (Booklist 20020615)
"The language is understandable but not simplistic, the pieces are clearly titles for easy identification, and a few cartoons and charts break up the dense text. This unbiased collection is a welcome resource for researchers and debaters."
-- School Library Journal (June 2002) (School Library Journal 20020601)
"Written by educators, scientists, journalists, doctors, veterinarians, members of the clergy and advocates. This excellent volume will elicit group discussion and help to develop critical thinking and analysis of sensitive issues."
-- School Library Journal (May 2002) (School Library Journal 20020501)
"This supplemental reader is perfect for getting students involved in discussion. The resulting debates are sure to reinforce any primary readings and will breathe life into any standard lecture oriented course. This supplement is a useful tool for instructors to get students involved."
-- Crime and Justive International (May 2002) (UNKNOWN 20020501)
"As always in the Opposing Viewpoints series, there are voices from many sides of the debate."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020415)
"Most present clear, fact-supported points that readers will find valuable for speeches and reports. Editorial cartoons, anectdotes, and statistics break up the essays, make reading easier. This is a well-balanced approach to the issues, argued with studied analysis rather than bind emotion."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020401)
"This series is invaluable for preparing students for debates, classes, or research assignments. Opposing Viewpoints books help prepare high school students for critical thinking and make them aware of issues that affect society today. Recommended."
-- The Book Report (March-April 2002) (Book Report 20020401)
"Most useful in schools with religion and/or philosophy courses, but should also appeal to general readers."
-- School Library Journal (April 2002) (School Library Journal 20020401)
"Well-balanced collection of essays. Sometimes complementary, sometimes contradictory, the many views clearly articulated here make this volume an excellent starting place for any thoughtful discussion."
-- Booklist (Febraury 2002) (Booklist 20020215)
"This Opposing Viewpoints selection uses essays that swing wildly toward extremes to cover the topic. The writing becomes even more heated in the following sections...The shocking arguments and sometimes-blatant absurdity makes nearly all the essays compelling reading, wth students needing only a glimpse at an article's title to determine tone and subjectivity of the author. Most essays are short, get right to the core of their arguments, and blast readers with examples that fit the emotional topic."
-- Booklist (September 2001) (Booklist 20010915)
"Overall, this is a fine addition."
--School Library Journal (May 2004) (School Library Journal 20040501)