In these troubling times when school and mass shootings on the rise and correlated with media violence, we need to take a good hard look at violence in the media and the scholarly research on it... to try to understand the intricacies of both our fascination and repulsion for all of its manifestations.The study of media violence is not new but the results are hard to put in a sound bite. Our task this semester is to critically analyze media violence while integrating current media research into our understanding of violence as a presence in our lives and what we can or should do about it.