Violence in the mass media issue 4 (Having a blind spot on harm (Third…
Violence in the mass media issue 4
Public faulty perceptive
; people tolerate acts of violence until one offends them- humor camouflage violence- THEY ONLY SEE ONE ACT OF VIOLENCE THAT IS HIGHLY GRAPHIC
-The way violence is portrayed gives it meaning- gore- people will portray it bad
-Glamorization: attraction to violence; good guys using violence will perceive it as not that bad and justifiable- desensitized to suffering of victims
-Trivialization: belief that risk of being punished is slight.
Having a blind spot on harm
Third person effect- when they think the violence in media doesn’t have an effect on them and has an effect on others
Most people thinking about imitation of physical violence.
-Kids imitating action/adventure shows.
-Copycat crimes; school shootings.
-Need to consider other types of aggression (e.g., verbal) and other types of effects (e.g., psychological and emotional).
Producers' faulty belief
Violence is necessary to Storytelling (a myth) conflict is the attraction
-Certain audiences like stories with violence, others don't.
-Violence decreases enjoyment for most.
-Selective exposure: some people seek out violent messages.
-60% of mainstream programs vs. 13% of YouTube videos
Blame Other, Not Producers
-High profile acts of violence: many people blame media.
-Media producers try to shift blame.
-Not one source: blame must be shared
Your own informed opinion
Implications for individuals
-Violence that upsets people the most is the violence they need to be exposed to more.
-While people are complaining about too much violence, they are missing 99% of it.
-Being media literate requires broader sensitivity to media violence.
-Develop a definition of violence
Implications for producers
-Media portrayals of violence are a contributing agent to harm.
-Should have an economic obligation to allocate some resources gained through the sale of violent. messages to cleaning up the "by-products"
Moving beyond faulty thinking
Broaden your perspective on what kinds of portrayals constitute violence in the media
-Public under-perceives degree of violence because perceptions limited.
-Narrow perspective on harm of exposure.
-Becoming more media literate means thinking more broadly about effects.
-Need to push for less sanitization instead of more