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Knowing Audiences: Judge Dredd - Its Friends, Fans and Foes Paperback – 15 Jun 1998

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Luton Press (15 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860205496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860205491
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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""""Such research is invaluable to academics, the industry and policy workers, and their findings are too important to ignore.""


How do people relate to and use films such as Judge Dredd? These 'Action' films, as they are generically called, have become a mainstay of Hollywood since the mid-1970s. They have frequently been accused of harming young people, especially perhaps of encouraging some towards imitative violence. While the evidence for these claims is either thin or non-existent, counter-evidence or different understandings have also been conspicuously absent. Although a considerable amount of audience research has been done within the media studies tradition, it has not looked specifically at the audiences of these types of film, nor has it passed beyond the loose claims that audiences are 'not passive' in their responses to such films. "Knowing Audiences: Judge Dredd" is the result of an 18-month research project, started in 1995, which began looking into the audiences of the then-forthcoming film Judge Dredd.

The research had two specific purposes; to explore the relations between people's prior orientations to the film, and their eventual responses to and judgements of the film; and secondly to report on the effectiveness and possible systemisation of the approach known as discourse analysis, which was the method used in analysing people's talk about the film. This book will be of interest to undergraduate media and film studies students, media/film academics and practitioners.

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