Sociology Mean World Syndrome Paper

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Mean World Syndrome Introductory Paragraph: Since the 1920s, hundreds of studies have looked at the issue of media violence and its effects on viewers. Most of these have focused on whether we, as media consumers, imitate what we see on television and in the movies. George Gerbner, through decades of research at the University of Pennsylvania, found that rather than making us more likely to commit violence, watching media violence is more likely to make us scared of violence being done to us. After being exposed to violence while serving in the US Army during World War II, Gerbner devoted his life to trying to understand violence, particularly how violent images consumed through media affect our mind and behavior. A project created by Gerbner in the late 1960s, was formed to track media violence and measure its impact on the perceptions and attitudes of viewers. Studies that Gerbner conducted found that the quality of the violence, or how it is portrayed, has as much of an impact on our perceptions as the quantity of violence we see. Gerbner noted that people who watched a lot of TV tended to think of the world as an unforgiving and scary place (Video). This essay will further discuss the relationship between the levels of violence on television one watches to the level of fear created in that individual. Limits on Our Choices: “ Every social experience we have affects us in at least a small way. However, several familiar settings have special importance to the socialization process. Among them are family, the school, the peer group, and the mass media”
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