The Oxford handbook of media psychology /

"It is indisputable that media is by far the most common means by which human beings spend our free time in the modern world. However, the ubiquity of media in our lives brings with it advantages and disadvantages along with uncertainty: will increased dependence on media impair our social func...

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Other Authors: Dill, Karen E.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.
Series: Oxford library of psychology.
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This volume collects with precision essays from leading scholars on media psychology to present a comprehensive look at the foundations, history, methodology, and contemporary issues facing the field. Dill's introduction to the volume uses historic and current media issues to provide a set of coordinates for the book, and the chapters on the foundation and definition of the field should be required reading for all media scholars. The book comprehensively covers classic areas of study for media scholars, including violence and sexuality, ethnic portrayals, and persuasion. It presents quantitative and qualitative perspectives on these topics; the last five chapters discuss larger meta-issues that get little attention in journal publications. The one reservation arises in chapter 9 due to the authors' snarky comment that "intelligent people still doubt the effects" of media violence on aggression. Such writing presents a straw man argument that slights those who do not see the media violence debate as closed. This is a masterful volume that frames the field of study well. It will be a prominent volume in the "Oxford Library of Psychology" series, highlighting the topic's increased importance within the social sciences. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. N. D. Bowman West Virginia University

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