Media effects and beyond
New edition published by John Libbey, 2005
classic critique of media effects studies, now revised and including chapters
on new creative methods for exploring media influences
From the back
A classic review of 'media effects' research, Moving Experiences is
now revised and updated to include new chapters on David Gauntlett's creative
approaches to understanding media influences.
and new media have been blamed for every kind of social problem and antisocial
act, and countless studies have set out to quantify their harmful effects. Gauntlett
argues that much of this blame is misplaced, and that the methodology used to
justify it is deeply flawed. Screen media is a central part of modern social life,
and an importance influence upon how we see the world. But its 'effects' will
necessarily be complex and indirect, whilst many of the ill effects attributed
to screen media are really the result of more serious social problems.
This second edition
includes two all-new chapters on the creative research methods which Gauntlett
has been developing in recent years, which offer an alternative way of exploring
media influences. The book contains a revised version of the original research
review, as well as the article 'Ten Things Wrong with the "Media Effects" Model,'
which has become much-cited in media studies textbooks.
Gauntlett's analysis of media effects research is still timely, impressively thorough,
and yet a pleasure to read. Published in this edition with excellent new material
about his creative new alternatives to traditional 'effects' studies, this book
is a must-have package for media students"
- Annette Hill, Professor of Media Studies at University of Westminster.
REVIEWS OF THE
and pitilessly well-researched, this study takes no prisoners as it systematically
demolishes every faulty paradigm and poorly controlled experiment that has sought
to prove the direct effects of television on behaviour. Well-publicised in the
latest media debate on violence, it deserves to be read more rather than merely
cited." -- Sight and Sound, November 1995.
and intelligent study of the 'effects' of television... This much needed voice
of reason illustrates how scientific research can be not only misleading, but
also politically biased." -- Critical Survey, Autumn 1996.
solid critical summary... Moving Experiences is an excellent book for all
who want to get an overview of the state of contemporary media effects research.
Gauntlett is well read, brilliant, and witty, the latter being something very
rare in the discipline he works in." -- Ulf Dalquist, University of Lund, Sweden,
Filmhaftet, Vol. 23: 1995.
book" -- Socialist Review, January 1996.