Natural born killers and columbine: a case study in the media effects debate

Peace, Charlotte Emily (2012) Natural born killers and columbine: a case study in the media effects debate. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Since the rise of cinema in the 1920s, questions have arisen regarding the extent to which film violence can affect the viewer. It has been suggested that watching violent imagery will have a negative impact of some sort. One, however, questions whether such an impact could go so far as to encourage the viewer to mimic the violence they see. The possibility of this occurrence is the central occupation of what is commonly known as the media effects debate.
    This dissertation, titled ‘Natural Born Killers and Columbine - a case study in the media effects debate aims to apply the theories of the media effects debate to the specific context of Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers (1994) and the Columbine Massacre in 1999, in order to challenge the assumptions that the film could be blamed for this case of extreme violence that occurred at Columbine.
    Such an investigation of this nature is challenged itself, due to the media influence which has shaped many perspectives and opinions with its dominant and persuasive demeanour. This dissertation argues that the attempts to provide reasons for cases such as Columbine are themselves, media produced. Therefore, the ideas surrounding this case study, similar to the media effects debate in general, are opinionated and usually have an underlying motive. Furthermore, few coherent conclusions can be drawn as to whether watching a violent film can lead to violent behaviour, because of the ambiguity from all sides within the debate.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2014 16:07
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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