Mythologies of Violence in Postmodern Media
Barry Keith Grant, Jeannette Sloniowski, Martin Rubin, Annalee Newitz, Mark Pizzato, Simpson, Philip L.
Wayne State University Press, 1999 - Performing Arts - 453 pages
Violence has been a topic of continued concern within American culture and society. Although there have been numerous sociological and historical studies of violence and its origins, there is relatively little systematic analysis of violence within media representation, even as this issue becomes preeminent within public discourse. This anthology examines a number of issues related to violence within the media landscape, using various methodologies to suggest the implications of the increasing obsession with violence for postmodern civilization.
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This book would serve as an excellent introduction to any new criminologist as the material covered in it is basic and straightforward and does not incorporate much outside thought. The facets of media presented throughout the book are highly recognizable, which allows the respective authors to have their points made in a clear and concise fashion. This book is also recommended to experienced criminologists to challenge their thoughts and opinions on each article. As the articles are fairly easy to understand, this has the potential to critically engage the experienced audience and to present them with an opportunity to challenge their own conceptions on media and crime.
Reviewed by: PATRICK MACRAE
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