chapter  14
Violence on British television: A cause for concern or comfort?
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Television violence is a perennial issue reflecting the fact that it is of enduring public concern. The debate about television and violence has been among the most vociferously contested in the social sciences and one that has been joined by a variety of interest groups including educators, politicians, morals campaigners, the press, child psychologists and media researchers from the hard empiricist to the more ‘intuitive’ critical schools of thought. In addition, of course, there are the broadcasters and programme makers themselves who bear a responsibility for what is presented on the small screen.