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The Case for Television Violence

The Case for Television Violence

  • Jib Fowles - University of Houston, Clear Lake, USA

September 1999 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

"The Case for Television Violence is a dense, dry and devastating dissection that surely counts as one of the most important books about American culture to appear in the last decade." --Andrew O'Hehir, "The Myth of Media Violence,", 3/17/05

The Case for Television Violence makes the provocative argument that television violence has been misinterpreted. Rather than undermining the social order, television supports it by providing a safe outlet for aggressive impulses. Media scholar Jib Fowles challenges the conventional wisdom by: 1) demonstrating that the scientific literature does not say what many believe it says; 2) calling attention to the viewing habits and behaviors of the reader and those the reader knows; 3) explaining that the anti-violence critique is most profitably understood as the signature issue in the conflict between high and popular culture and 4) situating the arrival of televised violence within the historical context of the disallowance of traditionally sanctioned targets of aggression.

The Case for Television Violence will intrigue scholars and students of Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Politics and Mass Communication.

Continuities in Violence
Violence-Viewing and Science
The Whipping Boy
Viewing Violent Programs
Human Violence in Perspective
Backwards and Forwards

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