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This chapter outlines some of the key positions adopted by scholarly approaches to mediated violence and shows how contingent factors in the new media environment collapse the producer-consumer relationship in terms of screen recordings of real life violence, which has important implications for the effect and affect of such material. The chapter contrasts psychology based media-effects research with the emphasis on textual analysis taken by communication studies. While some findings of the media-effects research appears to suggest that mediated forms of violence contribute to such behavior in the real world, communications scholars take a nuanced approach and show that there are a substantial range of aesthetic and reception issues involved. This chapter considers traditional cinema violence, “leaked” violent videos on websites, and also the emergence of so-called “performance crime” such as murder videos posted to Facebook and other social media platforms. Given the significant ways in which science and cultural-communications studies have been able to complement each other in this area – as much as they have claimed to be in friction – it is perhaps possible for new modes of multidisciplinary research to explore both the impact of new mediated violence.
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