From bad research to good-a guide for the perplexedMartin Barker and Julian PetlevWhen we brought together the essays that made up the first edition of this book, we hoped that it would become a resource: a resource for those worried by the continual stream of claims about 'copy-catting', about the 'corrupting effects' of the 'rising tide of violent media'. For those who sensed that there was something fundamentally wrong with all those claims, but who either felt isolated in their beliefs, or felt they were lacking in clear and accessible evidence and arguments with which to make a counter-case: this book was meant to be something to which they could turn. We believe that to some extent, at least, we succeeded. And all our authors' essays contributed to this. The book received the responses for which we'd hoped: friendly (mainly) from those we'd intended to reach; hostile from those whom we could never have hoped to persuade away from their prejudices. That was about right. Then our publishers asked us to prepare this second edition. We were delighted to have the opportunity. We were proud to publish every essay that went into the first edition, but now we think we can see a new direction and use for the book, and therefore we've taken this opportunity to rethink its overall shape and to commission a significant number of new essays. Still, the position from which we began then remains the same. We therefore begin by restating the premises that underlay the first edition, and which still frame the second:
|1 The claims about the possible 'effects of violent media' are not just false, they range from the daft to the mischievous. The reason for this is that those who insistently make these claims are asking the wrong question. Their question has the same status as those who, for centuries, insistently asked if human illnesses, the death of pigs, thunderstorms, and crop failures were the result of witchcraft. The fallacy is that you have to have|
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Book title: Ill Effects: The Media/Violence Debate.
Contributors: Martin Barker - Editor, Julian Petley - Editor.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 2001.
Page number: 1.
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