‘Killer Games’ Versus ‘We Will Fund Violence’

‘Killer Games’ Versus ‘We Will Fund Violence’

The Perception Of Digital Games And Mass Media In Germany And Australia

eBook - 2011
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While the assessment of digital games in Germany is framed by a high-culture critique, which regards them as an 'illegitimate' activity, they are enjoyed by a wider demographic as a 'legitimate' pastime in Australia. The book analyses the social history of digital gaming in both countries and relates it to their socio-cultural traditions. Concerning social history, Australia almost depicts an inverse mirror image of Germany. Its foundational dynamics, closely associated with different egalitarianisms, led to a different form of distinction than in Germany - a country whose national self-conception was closely related to groups which perpetuated an idealistic notion of Kultur and later integrated it into a rigid class system. The book not only demonstrates how the discourses on games follow long-established patterns of rejection and approval of mass media but also regard them as an access to the inner workings of both societies. How the games are perceived tells us a lot about German and Australian identity.
Publisher: Frankfurt a.M. : Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, 2011
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9783653006414
9783631606117
Branch Call Number: ebook
Additional Contributors: Ebook Library

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