Savage Pastimes

Savage Pastimes

A Cultural History of Violent Entertainment

Book - 2005 | 1st ed
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Baker & Taylor
Argues that violence in the media actually serves as a beneficial outlet, presenting corollary challenges to current beliefs about excessive violence in today's media and entertainment to contend that the modern generation's exposure to violence is less than that of historical periods.

McMillan Palgrave
Does violence in movies, on television and in comic strips and cartoons rot our children's brains and make zombies-or worse, criminals-of adults at the fringes? In this cogent, well-researched book, American pop-culture expert Harold Schechter argues that exactly the opposite is true: a basic human need is given an outlet through violent images in popular media.

Moving from an exploration of early broadsheet engravings showing torture and the atrocities of war, to the depictions of crime in "penny dreadfuls," to scenes of violence in today's movies and video games, Schechter not only traces the history of disturbing images but details the outrage that has inevitably accompanied them. By the twentieth century, the culture vultures were out in full force, demonizing comic books and setting up a pattern of equating testosterone-fueled entertainment with aggression. According to Schechter, nothing could be further from the truth. He also blasts those who bemoan the alleged increased violence in media today, and who conveniently scapegoat popular entertainment for a variety of cultural ills, including increased crime and real-life violence. Though American pop culture is far more technologically sophisticated today, Schechter shows that it is far less brutal than the entertainments of previous generations.

Savage Pastimes is a rich, eye-opening brief history that will make you rethink your assumptions about what we watch and how it affects us all.

Why violence in the media we-and our children-consume is not only good but necessary


Book News
True-crime author and professor Schechter (literature, Queens College, NYC) presents a cultural history of violence in popular entertainment. He examines depictions of violence in today's movies and video games, finding them relatively mild in comparison to the public beheadings and other bloody diversions of previous centuries. He also explains how the demonization of comic books by self appointed moral guardians in the 1950s established a pattern of equating action-packed entertainment with aggression. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
Why violence in the media we-and our children-consume is not only good but necessary


Blackwell North Amer
Does violent entertainment rot our children's brains and turn them into zombies - or worse, criminals? In this cogent, thoroughly researched book, American pop-culture expert Harold Schechter argues that exactly the opposite is true: a basic human need is given an outlet through violent images in popular media.
Moving from an exploration of early broadside engravings showing torture and the atrocities of war, to the depictions of crime in Victorian "penny dreadfuls," to scenes of violence in movies and video games, Schechter not only traces the history of disturbing images but analyzes the outrage they have inevitably provoked. By the twentieth century, the cultural watchdogs were out in full force, demonizing everything from movies to comic books and setting up a pattern of equating action-packed entertainment with aggression. According to Schechter, nothing could be further from the truth. He also blasts those who bemoan the alleged ultra-violence in media today and who conveniently scapegoat popular entertainment for a variety of cultural ills, including increased crime and real-life violence. Though American pop culture is far more technologically sophisticated today, Schechter shows that it is far less brutal than the entertainments of previous generations.

Baker
& Taylor

Argues that violence in the media actually serves as a beneficial outlet, presenting corollary challenges to current beliefs about excessive violence in today's media and entertainment to contend that the modern generation's exposure to violence is less than that of historical periods. By the author of The Serial Killer Files. 20,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0312282761
Branch Call Number: 303.6 SCH
Characteristics: 192 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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