Vol 1, No 6 (2015)

December 2015

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17349/jmc115300

Media, New Communication Technologies and Social Violence

The debate over media’s relationship to crime and violence has endured throughout the history of communications studies as a field. From the “hypnosis” effect contained within Gerbner’s “Cultivation Theory,” through recent arguments that the main effect of violent media is to sustain a sense of insecurity among populations, the question of media’s direct relationship to violent behavior remains highly disputed. At the same time, a moral critique of violent media has arisen which, while not assuming a direct effect between media representations and social behavior, nevertheless criticizes the stereotyping of certain social groups as predominantly violent in character. Irrespective of the causal relationship between media and behaviour, might we assume that media of entertainment and information serve to “other” social groups by casting them as the principal instigators of violent behaviour and the sources of social insecurity. Might we point to a pattern whereby violent media content organizes populations into the violent and the peaceful, the perpetrators of violent acts and their victims?

If media remain the principal source of information for a citizenry, what “lessons” about violence are being propagated? If, as is suggested, entertainment content, in cinema and on television, is increasingly violent in character (as evident in the proliferation of crime-oriented series within “quality” television) what conclusions may be draw about the society in which these programs flourish? If new digital media (such as social networks) are displacing conventional print and broadcast media, how are they reshaping the social understanding of violence and its causes?

Guest Editors

GEORGETA DRULĂ

Georgeta Drulă is a Professor at the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Journalism and Communication Studies. Her professional interests are related to multimedia, new media, convergence media and new technologies. She gained grants and led national and international research projects, contributed with articles published in peer reviewed journals and in volumes of conference proceedings. She is a member of ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) and the coordinator of the master programme ‘Multimedia and audio-video production’.


WILL STRAW

Will Straw is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Professor within the Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in 1950s America, and co-editor of several books, including Circulation and the City: Essays on Urban Culture, Formes urbaines: circulation, stockage et transmission de l’expression culturelle à Montréal and Aprehendiendo al delincuente: Crimen y medios en América del norte. His work on cinema, urban culture and media includes over 100 articles in a variety of venues.


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Articles

Karim Pourhamzavi, Philip Pherguson
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Gulsum Calisir
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Camelia Gradinaru
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Azmat Rasul
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Dincer Atli
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Neşe Kaplan, Ali Barış Kaplan
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