David Gauntlett

Moving Experiences, 2nd edition:
Media effects and beyond

David Gauntlett
New edition published by John Libbey, 2005

The classic critique of media effects studies, now revised and including chapters on new creative methods for exploring media influences

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From the back cover:
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.

Television, movies 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.

"David 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.


"Crushingly thorough 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.

"An authoritative 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.

"An extraordinarily 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.

"A fascinating book" -- Socialist Review, January 1996.

ISBN 0 86196 655 4

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