Media Violence and Christian Ethics (New Studies in Christian Ethics)

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Press: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (December 3, 2007)
Publication Date:2007-11
ISBN:9780521812566
Author Name:Mitchell, Jolyon
Pages:348
Language:English
Edition:1st Edition

Content

How can audiences interact creatively, wisely and peaceably with the many different forms of violence found throughout today's media? Suicide attacks, graphic executions and the horrors of war appear in news reports, films, websites, and even on mobile phones. 
One approach towards media violence is to attempt to protect viewers; another is to criticise journalists, editors, film-makers and their stories.
In this book Jolyon Mitchell highlights Christianity's ambiguous relationship with media violence.
He goes beyond debates about the effects of watching mediated violence to examine how audiences, producers and critics interact with news images, films, video-games and advertising.
He argues that practices such as hospitality, friendship, witness and worship can provide the context where both spectacular and hidden violence can be remembered and reframed.
This can help audiences to imagine how their own identities and communities can be based not upon violence, but upon a more lasting foundation of peace.

Book Description

How can audiences interact creatively, wisely and peaceably with the many different forms of violence found throughout today's media? Mitchell argues that practices such as hospitality, friendship, witness and worship provide resources for viewers to remember and to reframe both spectacular and hidden violence in ways that can promote peace.

About the Author

Jolyon Mitchell is Senior Lecturer, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh and a former World Service producer and journalist.

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  •     How viewing and interpreting can be ethical in our visual-oriented society? How to respond ethically and peaceably to violent images of different media? Jolyon Mitchell provides very useful resources for Christians as the active audience in viewing media violence both in news media and entertainment media with abundant examples which are relevant and practical. I strongly recommend it.

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