Screen Savers. Case Histories of Social Reaction to Mass Media, Children and Violence

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Critcher, Chas (2013)
  • Publisher: Unité d'anthropologie et de sociologie de l'Université catholique de Louvain

Historically the mass media have often been blamed for causing violent behaviour by children and young people. Two case studies of new media, film and video games, are compared in terms of their emergence, reactions to them and outcomes of the debate, mainly in the USA and Britain. Both cases are used to test the sociological model of moral panic which is found to be of limited appli­cation. It needs to be supplemented by two other concepts, those of media panic and moral regulation. Only then can be grasped the complexities of continuities and changes in these historical debates, at the heart of which remains the figure of the eternally vulnerable child.
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