Mediated Violence

For better or worse, violence is commonplace in mass media, art and entertainment and the effects of media content upon those who consume it are an important aspect of audience and reception theories. In this lesson, we take a critical look at media violence and the polarised debates concerning mediated content and public health with specific reference to select cases of notoriety. To conclude, we consider some of the ethical and psychological questions surrounding the aestheticisation of violence in the media: Why do we find horror entertaining? Can depictions of violence ever be beautiful?