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Chapter 14: Violence. Does media violence promote real violence among youth? Who should regulate violence in the media? The government, media companies, parents?

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chapter 14 violence
Chapter 14: Violence
  • Does media violence promote real violence among youth?
  • Who should regulate violence in the media? The government, media companies, parents?
  • Are the current ratings systems (or lack thereof) sufficienct to let people know about the violent content of what they watch or listen to?
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Chapter 14: Violence
  • Case 61: Hear It, Feel It, Do It
  • Case 62: Crunchy Terror In T-Rex Park
  • Case 63: The Storyteller
  • Case 64: Comic Capers
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Case 61: “Hear It, Feel It, Do It”
  • Facts – Empirical Definition
  • Values
  • Principles
  • Loyalties

Blair in Born Innocent

Ozzy Osborne’s “Mad Man” image


Each of the artists on the left has faced accusations of causing injury to people through their art.

  • Can media inspire violent crimes and/or self-destruction?
  • Who is responsible when ratings and reviews seem to fail?
  • Is artistic integrity in jeopardy if we attach moral blame to a mere message?
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Case 61: Additional links

Pop Goes the Censor: Law, Political Economy, and the Suppression of Popular Music – A look at censorship and music.

Rock Music and Violence – Argues that music does effect people’s decisions to use violence, either against themselves or others.

Media Violence – This site argues that violence in the media does not have any conclusive effect upon young people.

McCollum v. CBS – Original text of the case brought against CBS Records.

case 62 crunchy terror in t rex park
Case 62: Crunchy Terror in T-Rex Park
  • Facts – Empirical Definition
  • Values
  • Principles
  • Loyalties

Scenes from Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Jurassic Park. These movies all had questionable ratings

  • What if producers and theater owners were to treat customers as reasonable creature responsible for the moral tenor of their viewing experiences?
  • What does the term “parental guidance” mean to parents?
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Case 62: Additional links

How the Rating System Works – History and application of the rating system used by the Motion Picture Association of America.

Media Violence is Abating - This article discusses violent content directed towards teen and inaccuracy of ratings.

Statement Issued by Director's Guild of America - DGA Task Force issues a statement about the FTC's report on the marketing of violence to children.

Merchandizing Mayhem – Sen. Lieberman on CPMA study

Fans react to Jurrasic Park - Video clip: parents and children reaction to JP.

Clip Montage - Segments taken from Jurrasic Park

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Case 63: The Storyteller
  • Facts – Empirical Definition
  • Values
  • Principles
  • Loyalties

Much controversy exists over whether violence in the media has an effect on children. The Storyteller examines this possibility.

  • If art requires freedom, is it also morally accountable?
  • Is art good because it is free, or is it good when it captures a slice of the human search for meaning?
  • Does the golden mean provide a basis for responsible violence in the media?
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Case 64: Comic Capers

Facts – Empirical Definition





Darkchylde, Witchblade, Saint of Killers and Evil Ernie.

  • Who is hurt by reading or viewing fictional violence?
  • Who should assume moral responsibility for children’s and adolescents’ media menu?
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Case 64: Additional links

Original Comic Code from 1954- Comic Book Code authority.

PBS visual art discussion – positive look at the comic book code

"Good shall triumph"- another listing of the code and brief summary of current times. Also includes link to article on comic book violence

A Boogieman Walks Among Us- comic fan/writer discusses “value” of the code and it’s non-existence.