Desensitisation: do creative industries have an effect on the desensitisation of young people?

Southern, Olivia (2013) Desensitisation: do creative industries have an effect on the desensitisation of young people? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In the past twenty years, the cases of young people involved in killing sprees or singular murders have increased in frequency alongside the changes in censorship in popular entertainment around the world. With the rise of the Internet and easy accessible media, anyone can access anything and, more importantly, children and young adults can access inappropriate materials without much effort.
    This has easily led to the assumption that age-restricted media and entertainment industries have had an influence on children and young adults committing serious crimes. Be it video games, films, literature or actual news stories, our scope of violence and ability to digest disturbing images is easier than even a few decades ago. Specifically, in 2012, there have been two prolific cases of mass shootings in America and two serious incidents resulting in murder in the UK, all committed by men under 25 years old. It would be these events and a prior interest in these issues that sparked the inspiration for my own creative piece, based primarily on films influencing teenagers towards violence.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 11:32
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:33
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14251

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