Chapter 14: Violence • Does media violence promote real violence among youth? • Who should regulate violence in the media? The government, media companies, parents? • Are the current ratings systems (or lack thereof) sufficienct to let people know about the violent content of what they watch or listen to?
Chapter 14: Violence • Case 61: Hear It, Feel It, Do It • Case 62: Crunchy Terror In T-Rex Park • Case 63: The Storyteller • Case 64: Comic Capers
Case 61: “Hear It, Feel It, Do It” • Facts – Empirical Definition • Values • Principles • Loyalties Blair in Born Innocent Ozzy Osborne’s “Mad Man” image
Each of the artists on the left has faced accusations of causing injury to people through their art. • Can media inspire violent crimes and/or self-destruction? • Who is responsible when ratings and reviews seem to fail? • Is artistic integrity in jeopardy if we attach moral blame to a mere message?
Case 61: Additional links Pop Goes the Censor: Law, Political Economy, and the Suppression of Popular Music – A look at censorship and music. Rock Music and Violence – Argues that music does effect people’s decisions to use violence, either against themselves or others. Media Violence – This site argues that violence in the media does not have any conclusive effect upon young people. McCollum v. CBS – Original text of the case brought against CBS Records.
Case 62: Crunchy Terror in T-Rex Park • Facts – Empirical Definition • Values • Principles • Loyalties
Scenes from Gremlins, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Jurassic Park. These movies all had questionable ratings • What if producers and theater owners were to treat customers as reasonable creature responsible for the moral tenor of their viewing experiences? • What does the term “parental guidance” mean to parents?
Case 62: Additional links How the Rating System Works – History and application of the rating system used by the Motion Picture Association of America. Media Violence is Abating - This article discusses violent content directed towards teen and inaccuracy of ratings. Statement Issued by Director's Guild of America - DGA Task Force issues a statement about the FTC's report on the marketing of violence to children. Merchandizing Mayhem – Sen. Lieberman on CPMA study Fans react to Jurrasic Park - Video clip: parents and children reaction to JP. Clip Montage - Segments taken from Jurrasic Park
Case 63: The Storyteller • Facts – Empirical Definition • Values • Principles • Loyalties
Much controversy exists over whether violence in the media has an effect on children. The Storyteller examines this possibility. • If art requires freedom, is it also morally accountable? • Is art good because it is free, or is it good when it captures a slice of the human search for meaning? • Does the golden mean provide a basis for responsible violence in the media?
Case 64: Comic Capers Facts – Empirical Definition Values Principles Loyalties
Darkchylde, Witchblade, Saint of Killers and Evil Ernie. • Who is hurt by reading or viewing fictional violence? • Who should assume moral responsibility for children’s and adolescents’ media menu?
Case 64: Additional links Original Comic Code from 1954- Comic Book Code authority. PBS visual art discussion – positive look at the comic book code "Good shall triumph"- another listing of the code and brief summary of current times. Also includes link to article on comic book violence A Boogieman Walks Among Us- comic fan/writer discusses “value” of the code and it’s non-existence.