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NCJ Number: 185010 Find in a Library
Title: On Media Violence
Author(s): W. James Potter
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 312
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7619-1639-3
Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This examination of media violence addresses such issues as the prevalence of media violence; the meanings conveyed in the way the media portrays violence; and the effects it has on viewers individually, as members of particular groups, and as members of society.
Abstract: The book begins with a review of more than 40 years of research on media violence. It then proposes a re-conceptualization of these theories, focusing on violence, context, levels of phenomena, human development, effects, risk, and the media industries. The latter half of the book discusses the necessity for a reconfiguration of the methodological tasks used to assess media violence. In introducing the concept of Lineation Theory, the book suggests a perspective for thinking about media violence and a new theoretical approach for explaining it. This theory uses the metaphor of a line in making distinctions and drawing connections. Lineation theory is a blend of explanations and speculations. The lineation perspective focuses on media violence while seeking to integrate thinking about the media industries, the content they produce, the effects of violent content on audience members and society, and the processes that lead to those effects. The lineation perspective attempts to avoid excluding any key ideas on media violence. It also aims to extend those key ideas in the current thinking into a new position by challenging some of the currently held assumptions and by suggesting revisions to the currently used practices. 591 references and author and subject indexes
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Media coverage; Media violence; Media-crime relationships; Violence causes
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