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The 11 Myths of Media Violence

The 11 Myths of Media Violence

December 2002 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The 11 Myths of Media Violence challenges many of our commonly held beliefs and assumptions about the relationship between media and violence. Illustrated with examples such as common opinions about the amount of violence on television and the effects on children, the author provides an in-depth review of how governments, journalists and researchers are part of the problem and raises important questions that place the reader at the heart of the conflict.
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Myth 1: Violence in the media does not affect me, but others are at high risk.
Myth 2: The media are not responsible for the negative effects of their violent messages.
Myth 3: Children are especially vulnerable to risks of effects from exposure to media violence.
Myth 4: There is too much violence in the media.
Myth 5: Violence in the media reflects violence in society.
Myth 6: The media are only responding to market desires.
Myth 7: Vioence is an essential element in all fiction.
Myth 8: Reducing the amount of violence in the media will solve the problem.
Myth 9: The First Amendment protects the media from restrictions on violence.
Myth 10: Rating systems and V-chip will help solve the problem.
Myth 11: There is nothing I can do to make an effect on reducing the problem.
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"This well-written study adds many fresh perspectives to a continuing social and public policy debate. . . . Highly recommended."


"Potter's The 11 Myths of Media Violence is a groundbreaking, innovative look at a problem that continues to produce controversy even though researchers have been studying it for more than half a century. Potter cogently describes and explains the theories and research that have attempted to illuminate this controversy. However, he goes well beyond all previous books on the topic by explaining the forces that undermine any attempts at public understanding or a resolution of the problem. By explicitly describing the various forces that impede public comprehension of the issue, and by organizing the book around 11 central misunderstandings, Potter brilliantly illuminates the thorny issues that surround the media violence debate. His writing is both clear and compelling. Students, researchers, journalists, policy-makers, and parents will enjoy this book and achieve an in-depth understanding of the issues and their implications for society."

Joanne Cantor
Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of Mommy, I'm Scared: How TV and Movies Frighten Children and What We Can Do to Protect Them

"The 11 Myths of Media Violence is indispensable reading for anyone interested in the issue media violence. Potter's thought-provoking challenges to arguments that media violence is harmless or benign are clearly articulated, empirically sound, and undeniably essential in our violence-saturated culture. This book is certain to be a primary reference for students, scholars, and policy makers dealing with how best to address the psychological, social, and legal implications of violence in the media."

Mary Beth Oliver
Penn State University

"It is a wonderful summary of the key issues in this hotly debated area. . . This book is a "must read" for anyone involved in the media violence debate."

Craig A. Anderson
Iowa State University

"The 11 Myths of Media Violence is a must read for everyone who has ever sat in front of a television. Potter indicts our culture thirsty for a quick fix and simple black and white answers. He reminds us we live in a wonderful world of mystery, complexity and untold shades of gray. I must order more copies of this book for the many friends and cohorts with whom I attempt to discuss the harms of media violence."

Ann Simonton
Director of Media Watch

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