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Maybem; Violence as Public Entertainment

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Maybem; Violence as Public Entertainment

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THE MEDIA MAY have a greater role in fostering violence in society than they think, a Harvard researcher believes.

Most would concede that covering violence is a part of the media's responsibility of letting readers know what is happening in the world. But is greed a factor as media look another way when oversized ads hyping the latest violent movie is offered?

Bok suggests that the same philosophy permeating tobacco promotion is also reflected in media movie ads. She argues for a more careful examination of possible links between revenues from advertisements for violent films and television programs."

She asks: "How influential are tie-ins between newspaper chains, magazines, and TV stations? What pressures arise, for magazines and newspapers, from the fact that advertisements of violent films and TV programs are sources of their daily revenue? To what degree is such advertising immune to criticism, in the same way that revenues from tobacco advertising long hindered reports on the effects of smoking?"

She believes appealing to the First Amendment as a means of instilling fear of censorship, which thus encourages inaction, is misleading. …

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