Critical readings : violence and the media by C. Kay Weaver, Cynthia Carter

By C. Kay Weaver, Cynthia Carter

This advent to present brooding about media violence and its power impact on audiences adopts a clean point of view at the media results debate. The authors argue that the day-by-day repetition of media violence is helping to normalise and legitimise the acts being portrayed.

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Wired Up: Young People and the Electronic Media. London: UCL. Anderson, C. A. (2004) An update on the effects of playing violence video games. Journal of Adolescence, 27: 113–122. Anderson, C. A. and Bushman, B. J. (2001) Effects of violent video games on aggressive behavior, aggressive cognition, aggressive affect, physiological arousal, and prosocial behavior: a meta-analytic review of the scientific literature. Psychological Science, 12(5): 353–359. Anderson, C. A. and Bushman, B. J. (2002) The effects of media violence on society.

The study involved 96 children (48 boys and 48 girls) ranging from just under 3 to 5 years in age. In a laboratory setting the children individually watched either a physically present person behaving both verbally and physically aggressively and violently toward a large inflated doll (named a ‘Bobo doll’), a 10-minute colour film recording of identical behaviour, or the television screening of a fantasy cartoon cat character also exhibiting such behaviour with accompanying cartoon music and sound effects.

1995) Moving Experiences: Understanding Television’s Influences and Effects. London: John Libbey. Gauntlett, D. (1997) Video Critical: Children, the Environment and Media Power. London: John Libbey Media. 23 24 | CRITIC AL RE ADINGS: VIOLENCE AND THE MEDIA Geen, R. G. (1994) Television and aggression: recent developments in research and theory, in D. Zillman, J. Bryant and A. C. Huston (eds) Media, Children and the Family. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Gentile, D. , Lynch, P. , Linder, J. R.

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