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NCJ Number: 181837 Find in a Library
Title: Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment
Author(s): Sissela Bok
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 204
Sponsoring Agency: Addison-Wesley Publishing
Boston, MA 02116
Publication Number: ISBN 0-201-48979-1
Sale Source: Addison-Wesley Publishing
75 Arlington Street Suite 300
Boston, MA 02116
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book examines and discusses the effect of long-term media violence on the American national character.
Abstract: The book places special emphasis on works produced, marketed and consumed as entertainment violence, for pleasure, excitement and thrill. It considers whether such works contribute to callousness and violent crime or merely provide harmless amusement, whether they help viewers confront and deal with violence in real life, satisfying some deep-seated need that might otherwise find more brutal expression. It also questions whether it is alarmist or merely sensible to wonder what happens to the souls of children nurtured on images of rape, torture, bombings, and massacre. The book also addresses the question of unfettered violent programming and government control over what is spoken, written, and performed. It includes chapters on journalists and media violence and adults' rights, children’s needs, and the law. It examines ways for families, communities and public policymakers to guard against the effects of entertainment violence without resorting to official censorship. Notes, index
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Aggression; Censorship; Child development; Cultural influences; Freedom of speech; Freedom of the press; Media violence; Media-crime relationships; Violence; Violence on television
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