Media Violence and Aggression counters the claim that media violence leads to widespread social aggression. It is different from all other works in this area in that it dispels this myth through a multiple-method analysis. Media Violence and Aggression argues that there are, indeed, media effects that derive from media violence, pornography, and other kinds of visual, cyberspace, and print based messages. But for psychologically well people, these effects are manageable and fall within what society and the culture can abide. For psychologically unwell people, however, the authors argue that media violence can create behavioural changes that are not within manageable limits. And it is these people about whom society should concern itself.
Tom Grimes (Ph.D., Indiana University) is Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Grimes spent 12 years in broadcast journalism, which included work at WCBS-TV and ABC News in New York, and as news anchor and news director at KERA-TV in Dallas, Texas. When Grimes entered the academic profession in 1986, he became a research fellow and faculty member at the Mass Communication Research Center, which is located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Grimes held the Ross Beach Chair in Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University from 1991 to 2007 Grimes is the author of 43 research studies, some of which have appeared in journals including Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Journal of Health Communication, and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, and in anthologies of research, such as Communication Yearbook. He continues to work professionally, pro bono, for Kansas Public Television. Grimes also holds a non-paying appointment as adjunct professor of Clinical Child Psychology at The University of Kansas's Clinical Child Psychology Program. James A. Anderson, Ph. D. (Iowa), Professor of Communication and Director of Graduate Studies for the department, is the author/co-author/editor of 15 books including Communication Research: Issues and Methods (McGraw-Hill, 1987), Mediated Communication: A Social Action Perspective (with T. Meyer; Sage 1988), Communication Theory: Epistemological Foundations (Guilford, 1996) and The Organizational Self and Ethical Conduct (with E. Englehardt; Harcourt Brace, 2001). His 90 plus chapters, articles, and research monographs are in the areas of family studies, cultural studies, media literacy, organizational studies, communicative ethics, methodology, and epistemology. He has received over 30 grants, dealing with critical thinking, K-12 educational programs, media, masculinity studies, and college pedagogy. He is a Fellow of the ICA and was the Association's president and chief financial officer. He served a senior Fulbright Fellowship in Austria and regularly consults with the University of Technology in Sydney. He spent 9 years as Director of the Broadcast Research Center at Ohio University and served two terms as Chair of the Department of Communication at Utah. He has been the editor of Communication Yearbook, Communication Theory, and Oxford University Press's electronic journal, Oxcomm, as well as guest editor of Communication Studies, and associate editor of Human Communication Research. He is currently the executive editor of the Rocky Mountain Communication Review, an on-line journal for and by graduate students in the discipline and is a member of the editorial board of 4 other journals. He was recently awarded the designation of "Master Teacher" by the Western States Communication Association. He is an active consultant in university administration, distance learning, and applied technology. Lori Bergen, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Kansas State University. She was formerly Associate Director of the Miller School, where she teaches mass communication ethics, reporting, PR writing, research methods and media literacy. Her research about newspapers, journalists, children and television violence appears in Newspaper Research Journal, Journal of Health Communication, Human Communication Research and Mass Communication & Society. Bergen served on the national press staff for a 1980 presidential campaign, worked for newspapers and magazines in Kansas and Indiana during the 1980s, and continues to work as a public TV journalist, contributing public affairs reporting for Kansas Public Television. She received a Kaiser Family Health Foundation grant to produce a documentary on health care in rural communities, and was a fellow of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Program in Journalism Excellence. Bergen was a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Education for Journalism and Mass Communication in 2002-2003, and was head of the organization's Professional Freedom and Responsibility Committee and the Newspaper Division.