RE: media violence report in Science

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Date: Mon Apr 15 2002 - 14:07:43 BST

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            <Regardless, I don't know any studies refuting the evidence that
    violence in
    > the media promotes violence in the public.>
            Which is why you buy their views hook, line and sinker. For just
    two examples try:

            Martin Barker (ed) (1998) 'Ill Effects'
            David Gauntlett (1995) 'Moving Experiences'

            (I think the year's are correct, I may be slightly out).
    Incidentally, research indicating the lack of evidence for behavioural
    effects of the mass media go back to the 1940s with people like Berelson,
    and Lazarsfeld. Only the reactionary violence people (which includes a lot
    of psychologists in the US) have persisted with this hypodermic model of
    media effects.

            < It seems like a number of
    > studies have all come to the same conclusion. In fact as was stated in the
    > introduction to this article, six major professional societies agree that
    > the evidence points overwhelmingly to a causal connection.
    > I am certain you can make argument that is bunk but then there are people
    > I
    > wouldn't want to argue with about the validity of evolution, global
    > warming, or the nature of certain brain functions (at least not most of
    > the
    > time)>
            Rather unfair this. None of the "esteemed" associations mentioned
    by these authors come from mass communciation/media studies organisations or
    researchers who just might know something about the relationship between the
    media and society, as they've been studying it for 70 odd years. When the
    Bureau of Applied Social Research was empirically examining media effects,
    IIRC the APA was in the thrall of the Freudians so we know how credible they
    have been in the past. The legacy of this 'all people are bad and must be
    controlled' mentality is very evident in pronouncements like these about
    media violence.


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