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Citation

Smith SL, Boyson AR. J. Commun. 2002; 52(1): 61-83.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2002, International Communication Association, Publisher John Wiley and Sons)

DOI

10.1111/j.1460-2466.2002.tb02533.x

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine violence in music video programming. Using a representative sample of television content, we assessed whether the amount and context of physical aggression varied across different music video channels (BET, MTV, VH-1) and genres (adult contemporary, heavy metal, rap rhythm and blues, and rock). The results reveal that 15% of music videos feature violence, and most of that aggression is sanitized, not chastised, and presented in realistic contexts. Significant differences emerged in the prevalence and nature of violence by channel and genre, however. The findings are discussed in terms of the risk that exposure to violence in each channel and genre may be posing to viewers' learning of aggression, fear, and emotional desensitization.

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