"This well-researched book offers insightful analyses and extensive references."--Booklist
"At long last we are finally 'fessing up to the obvious: the attraction of pretend violence is deep and broad. The first question we usually ask is how to wean Junior from consuming massive amounts of preposterous violence. However, that should be the last question. The first question is, and Why We Watch: The Attractions of Violent Entertainment boldly asks it: why are violent scenarios so alluring that their delivery and consumption is a major part of American (and international) popular culture? This stuff is not foisted on us; for a time in our lives, we--especially males--actively seek it out. We have pretended otherwise for long enough."--James Twitchell, University of Florida
"This is an extraordinarily rich and wide-ranging collection of essays on one of the most important--and controversial--subjects of the day. The book is both a trove of information and a consistently fascina
America is fascinated by violence - where it comes from in ourselves, how it spreads through society and what effect it has on the next generation. This collection of essays examines numerous facets of violence in contemporary American culture, ranging across literature, film, philosophy, religion, fairy tales, children's play, photojournalism and sports. In particular, "Why We Watch" offers a careful look at why we are drawn to depictions of violence and why there is a market for violent entertainment. The book is intended for students, scholars and general readers in media studies, cultural studies, psychology, and social behaviour.