How is violence used in film, and how do audiences respond to it? In this podcast, Sarah and Alex discuss the appeal of violence in media, using specific films and articles to map out some key aspects of this massive topic.
CONTENT WARNING: We talk about sexual violence (i.e. sexual assault and rape) starting at 37:00 and transition into a conversation about sexualized violence (i.e. films that add a sexual air to a violent scene) at 39:38.
02:05 – “Second Breakfast: On the Banality of Violence” by Chris Melville
08:45 – “Violence, Mayhem, and Horror” by Glenn G. Sparks & Cheri W. Sparks
17:35 – “Folding Ideas – Fight Club and Toxic Masculinity” by Folding Ideas
21:30 – “Does Venting Anger Feed or Extinguish the Flame? Catharsis, Rumination, Distraction, Anger, and Aggressive Responding” by Brad J. Bushman; “Is Violent Sport Cathartic?” by Michael W. Austin; “What you don’t know can hurt you: Violence, catharsis, and video games” by Art Markman
22:30 – “The Appeal of Media Violence in a Full-length Motion Picture: An Experimental Investigation” by Glenn G. Sparks, John Sherry, & Graig Lubsen
27:20 – “Olivia Munn and The Threat of the Fake Geeks” by Dr. Nerdlove
30:55 – “Does Media Violence Lead to the Real Thing?” by Vasilis K. Pozios, Praveen R. Kambam and H. Eric Bender
35:45 – “When Screen Violence Is Not Attractive” by Clark McCauley
37:20 – “CAN HULK COMPLAIN ABOUT GAME OF THRONES’ RAPE SCENE YET?” by FILM CRIT HULK
40:10 – Lustmord: Sexual Murder in Weimar Germany by Maria Tatar
48:10 – Actually, I was 12 or 13, dick.