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Violence in Society: Does Media Reflect or Encourage it?

When:
Monday, October 21, 2013 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Where:
Old Main Room 320
Description:


Professor Tom Grimes, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University, has written extensively on the “pathologizing of well behavior.” This means defining behaviors carried out by psychologically well people as attributes of mental illness when no illness is present. Nowhere has this been more prevalent than in mass communication research. This practice has centered on media violence research. Researchers, offended by what they see in video games, cable TV, and on the Internet, and in movies, have correlated that content with high levels of (what they have defined as) “aggression” in society. In order to find a correlation between violent media consumption and aggression, they have redefined aggression to include non-pathological behaviors. These include moving traffic citations, verbal expressions of materialism, the criticism of other people’s appearance, and the great catch-all, which appears in much of this research literature, “any aggressive act.” Professor Grimes will explore with the audience the reasons why this illicit connection between media violence, and aggressive behavior, has been made and what the most contemporary research has to say about the connection (or lack of it). 

Cost:
free
See:
http://www.masscomm.txstate.edu/people/faculty/tom-grimes.html
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Tom Grimes
Calendar:
Common Experience
Categories:
Lectures
Audience:
Faculty, General Interest, Staff, Undergraduate Students
Violence in Society: Does Media Reflect or Encourage it?