Brief excurse into a war on representations

Mihai PEDESTRU


Abstract:

While the hypodermic needle model of media influence has been largely rejected by the scientific community, along with the subsequent characterizations of the media spectator as a passive one, always vulnerable and reacting uniformly to the stimuli injections coming from various channels, in the ongoing desperate “war on pornography” it still remains one of the most often used arguments, along with the constant need to protect the public from the perceived threat of demographic and moral extinction. This paper aims to briefly explore some of the theoretical approaches to the phenomenon, both academic and more mundane, in an attempt to shed some light on the idiosyncrasies of this modern iconoclastic movement.

Keywords: pornography, anti-pornography movement, feminism, cultural critique

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