Death on the Small Screen
The Psychology of Viewing Violent Television
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About the Book
Even though mortality remains a taboo topic in much of Western society, death and violence continue to be staples of popular television shows. We can better understand the appeal of violence in popular television by investigating psychological theories surrounding anxiety about death and the defenses we use to manage that anxiety. Through an examination of five recent television series—Game of Thrones,The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Sons of Anarchy and Hannibal—this book examines how fictional characters’ motivations teach viewers valuable lessons about both the constructive and destructive ways we try to deal with our own mortality.
Instead of dismissing violent television as harmless entertainment or completely condemning it as a dangerous trigger of hostile behavior, this book examines its effects on viewers in a more nuanced manner. The book provides a new perspective on the enjoyment of violent television, enhancing fans’ appreciation for the featured shows and sparking ongoing discussions about their value to both the individual and society.
About the Author(s)
Jonathan F. Bassett
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 10 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022