Comm 102: Chapter 13 - THE STUDY OF FRIGHT 1960s-80s everything focused more on the long-term effects of mass media instead of the short-term emotional

Comm 102: Chapter 13 - THE STUDY OF FRIGHT 1960s-80s...

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THE STUDY OF FRIGHT - 1960s-80s- everything focused more on the long-term effects of mass media instead of the short-term emotional effects - Recent years the frightening reactions focused on media - Research shows that children often experience anxiety and distress while watching mass media presentations and that these feelings, in varying intensities, often linger after exposure - Can affect sleep schedule and other things EXPLANATIONS FOR THE APPEAL OF FRIGHT - Catharsis- when audience members witness graphic violence on the screen or read about it in books, they purge or rid themselves of their own violent tendencies or inclinations - Some argue that it is enjoyable - Transformations that monsters undergo in films provide cathartic relief to teens who are experiencing physical changes as they mature sexually - Viewers can get pleasure with identifying those who kill the monsters - Horror is frightening because it releases empathetic responses toward victims and make viewers apprehensive about becoming victims themselves - Horror movies and satisfying that viewers enjoy - “Gender-socialization approach”- males and females react different to horror
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