Ellison, G. (2012). Fantasy as addition to reality? An exploration of fantasy aggression and fantasy aggrace-ion in violent media. Pastoral Psychology, 61(4), 513-530. doi:10.1007/s11089-011-0426-8

In a generation where the average American spends two-thirds of their waking hours before a digitized screen, the arc of media influence consciously and unconsciously informs thoughts and behaviors. So pervasive is media’s influence, that for some the lines between fantasy and reality are blurred. This interdisciplinary study examines the long history of research connecting exposure to violent media (i.e., television, videogames, music, social networking sites) with heightened aggression. Utilizing tools of narrative inversion in Jesus’ parable of the Tenants, a model of care, particularly designed for youth engagement with media, is introduced that reframes fantasy aggression into a more compelling narrative capable of individual and collective transformation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)