What is the relationship between media representations of violence and violence in real life?

What is the relationship between media representations of violence and violence in real life?

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Some things to think about include:
jon.ellis
27 April 2011
Not what is shown by the media, but how it is shown. The way it is shown can lead to different interpretations from viewers.
jon.ellis
27 April 2011
If violence is shown as being cool for example, it might encourage other people to do the same and possibly risk their lives.
jon.ellis
27 April 2011
If violence is glamorised in some way, it might desensitise people from its full horror, and could encourage copycat behaviour.
jon.ellis
27 April 2011
Those in the media therefore need to think carefully about the way they show violence, and possible unintended consequences of how they show it.
jon.ellis
27 April 2011
Violence is often shown in the media to be very prevalent, while in real life there is not that much violence. The media's representation is one of the reasons why the fear of crime is much higher than the actual level of crime.
mrattle1990
23 February 2012
Some research has suggested that violence shown in the media could cause desensitisation to the audience, they may not be as affected as other audiences who do not watch/take part in any violent forms of media
hannahapple
16 March 2012
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