Mayhem : Violence as Public Entertainment

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While almost everyone has a strong opinion about the profusion of violence - in film, TV, video games, and on line - paralysis sets in when it comes to action. The issue is seen as a hopeless standoff between free speech and preserving public morality. In Mayhem, Sissela Bok reframes the issue. She shows us that we have created a false dilemma and that we need not feel so helpless. Mayhem lays out the arguments and weighs the evidence on each side: the desensitization, fear, and addiction that concern psychologists, pediatricians, and religious groups on the one hand, and, on the other, the threat of censorship invoked by journalists, civil libertarians, and the entertainment industry. The book gives a vivid historical overview of the debate: from Rome, to nineteenth-century attempts to ban all theater, to censorship of the Internet in Singapore and China, and contrasting views of figures as diverse as Martin Scorsese, Bill Moyers, and Judge more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Boulder, United States
  • English
  • 0201489791
  • 9780201489798

Table of contents

The Paradox Of Entertainment Violence; Feasts of Violence; Recoil and Recognition; The Thrill of the Kill; But Movies Are Not Real; Transforming Violence; The Impact Of Media Violence; Double Takes; Sizing Up the Effects; Fear; Desensitization; Appetite for More Violence; Agression; Censorship; A Perceived Dilemma; The Will to Ban and Censor; Geneva and the Banning of Spectacles; Singapore, Asian Values, and the Internet; Journalists and Media Violence; Adult Rights, Childrens Needs, and the Law; Opportunities; Openings for Change; Caveat Emptor; Media Literacy; Collective Action; National more

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