This article originally appeared in Issue 48 Re-Imagining the American Dream By Sam Femiano and Mark Nickerson Turn on your television set and there is about a 90 percent chance that the first person you view will be male. Yet, although men predominate on TV, questions come up frequently about the types of men portrayed. How do they relate to the men we know in our daily lives?
McQuail's typology[ edit ] Figure 1: McQuail's typology of media effects Denis McQuaila prominent communication theorist, organized effects into a graph according to the media effect's intentionality planned or unplanned and time duration short-term or long-term.
About fifty percent of the members in a given sample are susceptible to the third-person effectunderestimating their degree of influence.
Information is stored in this model as nodes, clustered with related nodes by associated pathways. If one node is activated, nearby nodes are also activated. This is known as spreading activation. Priming occurs when a node is activated, causing related nodes to stand by for possible activation.
Both the intensity and amount of elapsed time from the moment of activation determine the strength and duration of the priming effect.
Most media violence researcha popular area of discussion in media effects studies, theorizes that exposure to violent acts may prime an individual to behave more aggressively while the activation lingers. Children and adolescents, considered vulnerable media consumers, are often the target of these studies.
Most studies of media violence surround the media categories of television and video games. The rise of the motion picture industry, coupled with advances in social sciences, spurred the famous Payne Fund studies and others.
Though the quality of the research has been called into question, one of the findings suggested a direct role between movies depicting delinquent adolescents and delinquent behaviors in adolescents. Wertham later suggested that comic books influenced children into delinquent behaviors, provided false worldviews and lowered literacy in his book Seduction of the Innocent.
This research was too informal to reach a clear verdict, and a recent study suggests information was misrepresented and even falsified, yet it led to public outcry resulting in many discontinued comic magazines. Since then, studies have hypothesized a number of effects. Behavioral effects include disinhibition, imitation and desensitization.
Disinhibitiona theory that exposure to violent media may legitimize the use of violence, has found support in many carefully controlled experiments. Men exposed to violent pornography behave more aggressively towards women in certain circumstances. Bandura 's Bobo doll experimentalong with other research, seems to indicate correlation even when controlling for individual differences.
Studies have covered both television and video game violence. It is very easy for a movie to become caught up in making its films look artistic that they begin to make their audiences indifferent to the true horror that is taking place on screen.
Cultivation[ edit ] Not all media effects are instantaneous or short-term. Gerbner created cultivation theoryarguing that the media cultivates a "collective consciousness about elements of existence. Press coverage sends signals to audiences about the importance of mentioned issues, while framing the news induces the unsuspecting viewer into a particular response.
Additionally, news that is not given press coverage often dissipates, not only because it lacks a vehicle of mass communication, but because individuals may not express their concerns for fear of ostracization; this further creates the spiral of silence effect.
Framing[ edit ] News outlets can influence public opinion by controlling variables in news presentation. News gatherers curate facts to underscore a certain angle. Presentation method—such as time of broadcast, extent of coverage and choice of news medium—can also frame the message; this can create, replace or reinforce a certain viewpoint in an audience.
Entman describes framing as "the process of culling a few elements of perceived reality and assembling a narrative that highlights connections among them to promote a particular interpretation. It can reinforce capitalismpatriarchyheterosexismindividualismconsumerismand white privilege.
With a never-ending, near-limitless amount of information, filtering will occur by default. Subcultures within news organizations determine the type of published content, while editors and other news organization individuals filter messages to curate content for their target audience.
In addition to more gates, there are also more gatekeepers. Google and Facebook both cater content to their users, filtering though thousands of search results and media postings to generate content aligned with a user's preferences.Transcript of Twitter's Influence in Politics In this study, I examined the relation between Twitter and political candidates.
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