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    Merchants of Death

    Media Violence and American Empire

    David Trend
    In this article, David Trend illuminates the centrality of violent narratives in U.S. popular culture. He describes the ubiquity of violent imagery and the popular discourse it has generated. Trend argues that research on media violence has created a large academic subculture that has done little to advance our understanding of who is watching violent media and why. He draws on multidisciplinary sources and calls for scholars to collaborate across fields to reframe the discussion. He concludes that the mass production of violent media may be wasting an enormous resource that might otherwise be used for tremendous public good. (pp. 285-308)

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    Fall 2003 Issue


    Popular Culture and Democratic Practice
    Nadine Dolby
    Merchants of Death
    Media Violence and American Empire
    David Trend
    Media Education and the End of the Critical Consumer
    David Buckingham
    "Welcome to the Jam"
    Popular Culture, School Literacy, and the Making of Childhoods
    Anne Haas Dyson
    Open Mics and Open Minds
    Spoken Word Poetry in African Diaspora Participatory Literacy Communities
    Maisha T. Fisher
    Foot Soldiers of Modernity
    The Dialectics of Cultural Consumption and the 21st-Century School
    Paul Willis
    Cultural Negotiations
    Puerto Rican Intellectuals in a State-Sponsored Community Education Project, 1948-1968
    Cati Marsh Kennerley
    Contesting Culture
    Identity and Curriculum Dilemmas in the Age of Globalization, Postcolonialism, and Multiplicity
    Cameron McCarthy, Michael Giardina, Susan Harewood, and Jin-Kyung Park

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    By JoEllen Fisherkeller

    Latino/a Popular Culture
    Edited by Michelle Habell-Pallán and Mary Romero

    Brave New Voices
    By Jen Weiss and Scott Herndon

    By Tucker Shaw