Violence in the Media

Erica Scharrer

in Communication

ISBN: 9780199756841
Published online February 2011 | | DOI:
Violence in the Media


Controversy surrounding violence in the media has existed since the media themselves have existed. Scholarly approaches to the topic have come primarily from communication and psychology but also from such fields as sociology and public health. The relatively new “media psychology” subfield (a convergence of the psychology and communication scholarly perspectives) has provided particularly fruitful insights into the processing of violent media and influence on individuals’ thoughts, attitudes, emotions, and behavior. Researchers have documented the presence and types of violent depictions in television, film, video games, and other media forms. There is also convincing research evidence for three major effects of media violence: learning aggression, becoming desensitized, and feeling fearful or developing a view of the world as a mean and dangerous place. Congress and other policy-making individuals and bodies have taken up the issue periodically throughout US history, although key changes in the media industries to address the issue of violence (such as the creation of ratings to signify the presence of violence and other potentially objectionable media content) have been largely self-regulatory.

Article.  7017 words. 

Subjects: Communication Studies

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