The Myth of Media Violence: A Critical Introduction assesses
the current and historical debates over violence in film,
television, and video games; extends the conversation beyond simple
condemnation or support; and addresses a diverse range of issues
Looks at the chronology of contemporary media violence, and
explores reservations over communications medias throughout
Examines the forces behind the encouraged anxieties about media
Uses examples drawn from a range of media, including disaster
and horror movies, science fiction, film tie-in toys, crime shows,
MTV, news, sports, and children?s television programming,
books and video games.
Includes a closing chapter about why media violence exists as
it does in our culture, and what we can do about it.
David Trend is Professor of Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including Radical Democracy: Identity, Citizenship and the State (1995) and Reading Digital Culture (Blackwell, 2001).