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Savage pastimes: a cultural history of violent entertainment

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St. Martin's Press
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In this cogent and well-researched book, Harold Schechter argues that, unlike the popular conception of the media inciting violence through displaying it, without these outlets of violence in the media a basic human need would not be met and would have to be acted out in much more destructive ways. Schechter demonstrates how violent images saturated the earliest newspaper, how art and disturbing images are not incompatible and how the demoaisation of comic books in the 1950s det up a pattern of equating testosterone fuelled entertainment with aggression.
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display_descriptionDoes violence in movies, on television and in comic strips and cartoons rot our children's brains and make zombies-or worse, criminals-of adults at the fringes? In this cogent, well-researched book, American pop-culture expert Harold Schechter argues that exactly the opposite is true: a basic human need is given an outlet through violent images in popular media. Moving from an exploration of early broadsheet engravings showing torture and the atrocities of war, to the depictions of crime in "penny dreadfuls," to scenes of violence in today's movies and video games, Schechter not only traces the history of disturbing images but details the outrage that has inevitably accompanied them. By the twentieth century, the culture vultures were out in full force, demonizing comic books and setting up a pattern of equating testosterone-fueled entertainment with aggression. According to Schechter, nothing could be further from the truth. He also blasts those who bemoan the alleged increased violence in media today, and who conveniently scapegoat popular entertainment for a variety of cultural ills, including increased crime and real-life violence. Though American pop culture is far more technologically sophisticated today, Schechter shows that it is far less brutal than the entertainments of previous generations. Savage Pastimes is a rich, eye-opening brief history that will make you rethink your assumptions about what we watch and how it affects us all. Argues that violence in the media actually serves as a beneficial outlet, presenting corollary challenges to current beliefs about excessive violence in today's media and entertainment to contend that the modern generation's exposure to violence is less than that of historical periods. By the author of The Serial Killer Files.
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subject_facetMass media -- United States -- History
Violence in mass media -- History
title_displaySavage pastimes : a cultural history of violent entertainment
title_fullSavage pastimes a cultural history of violent entertainment Schechter, Harold.
title_shortSavage pastimes
title_suba cultural history of violent entertainment
Mass media
Violence in mass media