Media Violence and Aggression counters the claim that media violence leads to widespread social aggression. It is different from all other works in this area in that it dispels this myth through a multiple-method analysis. Media Violence and Aggression argues that there are, indeed, media effects that derive from media violence, pornography, and other kinds of visual, cyberspace, and print based messages. But for psychologically well people, these effects are manageable and fall within what society and the culture can abide. For psychologically unwell people, however, the authors argue that media violence can create behavioural changes that are not within manageable limits. And it is these people about whom society should concern itself.
1. Setting the Stage
2. A Short History of the Concept of Effects
3. The Epistemology of Media Effects
4 The Social Scientific “Theory” That Never Quite Fit
5. Is it Just Science?
6. The World According to Causationists
7. The Biggest Cultural Variable of All: The Child
8. The Role of Psychopathology in the Media
9. The Attempt to Make an Idology a Science
10. To Legislate or Not to Legislate Against Media Violence