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Media Violence

Do Genetics Explain the (Sometimes Seen) Relationship Between Television Viewing and Antisocial Behavior?

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Whether exposure to television violence contributes to antisocial behavior has been an issue of significant controversy for almost five decades. Some studies find evidence for effects, other studies don't, and there is much debate among scholars regarding the meaningfulness and quality of the studies on both sides

Manufacturing a False Consensus on Media Violence

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Scholars and the general public continue to debate whether media violence does or does not contribute to aggression or violence in society. As part of that debate, it's not uncommon to hear arguments about whether a scholarly consensus exists on the issue of media violence.

How the U.S. Entertainment Industry Helped Create Elliot Rodger

Dr. Katharine E. Heintz | Posted 08.10.2014 | Entertainment
Dr. Katharine E. Heintz

As far as we know, Rodger was not "obsessed with" or "addicted to" a particular media product. He didn't need to be; just being a "normal" kid exposed him to repeated stories about violence, aggression, and dominance. It is not surprising that his reaction to personal frustrations was to act aggressively; he'd seen it done so many times.

Violent Video Games Don't Exist

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 05.28.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Violent video games don't exist -- in fact, nor do nonviolent video games. That latter point may actually be easier to demonstrate. Given the way the term "violent video games" is defined in the scholarly community, almost all video games are violent video games, including Pac-Man.

American, Japanese Reporters Brawl At Tokyo Meeting

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 12.05.2013 | Media

America and Japan are longtime allies, but their reporters certainly don't seem to be. Moments before the start of a meeting in Tokyo between Vice ...

When the Messenger Is the Killer

Joam Evans Pim | Posted 02.02.2014 | Media
Joam Evans Pim

Excerpt from the author's Introduction to the collective book Nonkilling Media, published this week by the nonprofit Center for Global Nonkilling and ...

No Consensus Among Scholars on Media Violence

Christopher J. Ferguson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Christopher J. Ferguson

Just this week, a consortium of 230 media scholars sent an open letter to the American Psychological Association, asking the APA to retire their misleading policy statements on media violence, and to refrain from future, similar policy statements.

UNESCO Taking Measures To Protect Female Journalists From Violence

Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact

By Reshmi Kaur Oberoi, Women's eNews (WOMENSENEWS)--The danger and intimidation surrounding female journalists can be told through many individual ...

Welcome To Filterhood

Ryan Johnson | Posted 04.14.2013 | Parents
Ryan Johnson

Welcome to modern fatherhood, where changing dirty diapers is the least of your concerns. You are up for a battle against media -- a Daddy David against a media Goliath that is not only funnier but a whole lot cooler.

Notes From the Couch: Arms and the Boy

Toni Raiten-D’Antonio | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Toni Raiten-D’Antonio

In the safe place that is psychotherapy, adolescent boys will bring up thoughts, feelings, and even dreams that they won't discuss anywhere else. In my experience, these confidences often revolve around the kinds of fears and feelings of inadequacy that are always part of the human condition.

"Senator McMahon" Sounds like an Outlandish WWE Story-Line

Jackson Katz | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Jackson Katz

Unlike most people around the country who have little recourse against powerful media companies, Connecticut voters can use their democratic rights as citizens to send a message to the Linda McMahons of the world.

Slaughter as a Cinematic Art Form

Edward Wasserman | Posted 10.13.2012 | Media
Edward Wasserman

The media seem to move on from mass killings more quickly nowadays than they used to, and within three days of the Aurora, Colo., cinema massacre the ...

Mass Murders, Madness, and Gun Control

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Science
Allen Frances

There is no psychiatric solution for mass murder. Armchair analyses of the individual culprits are interesting (but harmful) distractions.

Screen Violence Could Be Breaking Wall Between Entertainment, Reality

The Crimson White | Posted 09.29.2012 | College
The Crimson White

The violence in these films and others, as well as TV shows and video games, has reached a state of normalcy for many of us, even classified as "entertainment."

Denying the Killer Inside Us

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 01.23.2012 | Books
Leonce Gaiter

The real alienation risk for the writer is that in an age when most of our media lovingly pet our conceptions of ourselves, audiences will not accept work that makes them question their own morality and their own purity.