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The term “myth” can be defined as a widely held (but false) belief or idea. Your task is to analyze your assigned myth by: (1) summarizing the key points of your myth, (2)explaining whether the information presented in your chapter dispels (resolves) the myth, and (3) voicing your opinion about whether media violence influences real-life behavior, affect, and cognition.

Resource:  The 11 Myths of Media Violence Text (Potter, 2003) .Chapter 

Context: Violent messages and images pervade our daily media experiences; yet, there continues to be disagreement about the influence of those messages on individual outcomes and societal norms. James Potter’s The 11 Myths of Media Violence will serve as the historical foundation for our exploration of this issue; he suggests that there are numerous stakeholders (i.e., media producers, the public, researchers, and policymakers) who contribute to the conflictual discourse surrounding effects of media violence. Our goal is to develop a more complete and flexible understanding of this complex issue.

Writing Task:

The term “myth” can be defined as a widely held (but false) belief or idea. Your task is to analyze your assigned myth by: (1) summarizing the key points of your myth, (2)explaining whether the information presented in your chapter dispels (resolves) the myth, and (3) voicing your opinion about whether media violence influences real-life behavior, affect, and cognition.

Requirements/Guidelines:

  • Please attend both classes of myth discussion (your presentation and those of your classmates.)
  • Paper should be approximately 3 pages, double spaced; APA style citations and a reference page is required; the 4th page should be your reference page.
  • Potter Text Reference:

Potter, W.J. (2003). The 11 myths of media violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

  • In-text Citation Styles:

Please provide a general introduction to your paper; you should cite Potter’s work as such, (Potter, 2003), in that paragraph. Because you are summarizing his myths, you do not need to cite Potter again in your paper unless you are using direct quotes from him, which should be cited as such: (Potter, 2003, p. xx).

  • Other Style Issues: If you use material beyond Potter’s text, you need to include those references and in-text citations where appropriate

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