Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent Entertainment
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Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent Entertainment

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Why We Watch is the first book to offer a careful look at why we are drawn to depictions of violence and why there is so large a market for violent entertainment. This arresting collection of essays examines the presence of violent imagery not just in contemporary America but across time, from classical antiquity to the present, and not only in film and television but in a...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Oxford University Press, USA
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I thought half of the essays in this book were really fascinating. I was impressed to see a volume addressing violence in media and entertainment without automatically taking a stance against it...some of us enjoy something about stylish bloody violence or cheesy gory horror films, and generally function as fairly normal people. This book takes that stance and tries to examine the historical and psychological reasoning behind our fascination.

My favorite essay tackled Bonnie and Clyde and the cha...more
The stage combatant in me wouldn't let me leave this one on the shelf. There's a lot of facts and findings thrown around, but the main conclusion is that there is not nearly enough information to make any conclusions. The numerous theories as to why people like to watch violence are interesting to poke at (particularly in how perspectives have changed over time), but not quite as insightful for a stage fighter as I had hoped. Some chapters are merely dry listings of study results. However, the s...more
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