MEDIA RESEARCH 2 - Erica Free Media Culture and Society...

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Erica Free Media, Culture, and Society, Spring 2009 Topic: Should images of war be censored? Pro 1 : Pfau, Michael, and Michel Haigh.. "The Influence of Television News Depictions of the Images of War." Conference Papers -- International Communication Association (2007 Annual Meeting 2007): 1-1. Communication & Mass Media Complete . EBSCO. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. 14 Mar. 2009 <http://ezproxy.gsu.edu:2048/login?url=http://ezproxy.gsu.edu:4518/login.aspx? direct=true&db=ufh&AN=26951049&loginpage=Login.asp&site=ehost- live&scope=site>. Abstract: This investigation examined the effects of network television news coverage of combat in Iraq. It featured an experiment designed to assess the influence of television news footage of combat operations and the potential of inoculation treatments as a possible antidote to such influence. The results of the experiment indicated that, compared to a control condition which featured the same news stories but without actual footage of combat, television news reports depicting images of combat exerted significant influence on viewers: reports depicting combat operations increased viewer involvement levels about the war in Iraq and they reduced viewer support for continued U.S. military presence in Iraq. Television news depictions of combat operations also reduced viewer pride in U.S. military presence in Iraq, but they did not affect other emotions. However, regardless of how news stories were packaged, women experienced greater emotional response to network news stories of combat operations than men. The results also shed light on the potential of inoculation to deflect such influence. Both print and print-plus-photograph inoculation manipulations took and were effective in bolstering pride levels against erosion caused by exposure to television news footage of combat. However, inoculation failed to confer resistance to the decline in support for continued U.S. military presence in Iraq resulting from viewers’ exposure to television news’ footage of combat operations. Summary: This article is about the effects of seeing war images in the media. They tried experimenting with the news coverage of combat in Iraq to incorporate inoculation as a remedy for the influence these images have on viewers. In this study, they found that these war images do in fact have an influence on the public. The reports tested with graphic images of war footage made people want to be more involved in the war, but lowered support for the war. At the end of the study, the experimenters found that inoculation was not a successful antidote to help in declining the media impact.
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