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Gerbners Cultivation Theory and Television Violence is popular in America it is a cheap and easy way to attract attention sell newspapers and boost ratings Television offers a wealth of realistic portrayals of real-life drama and with its secure place in living rooms across America television has become societys storyteller However televisions depiction of the world differs from reality Perse 1994 Crime is a dominant topic of entertainment programming and news broadcasts Violent crimes are most frequently aired and although it rarely occurs in comparison to other types murder is the most commonly covered crime on television Reber 2000 Crimes against people assault rape murder receive much more attention from the media than crimes against property such as burglary or auto theft Reber 2000 Viewing large quantities of explicit violence day after day on news broadcasts and drama shows can cultivate a social paranoia that counters notions of trustworthy people or safe surroundings Griffin p 380 Some researchers argue that the prevalence of crime coverage in the media bestows an unwarranted importancethat deflects attention from noncrime issues and may also unduly enhance the publics fear of crime and the socially harmful consequences of that fear Reber p 101 In his cultivation theory George Gerbner postulates a relationship between heavy television viewing and peoples world-views He suggests that when people exposethemselves to vast amounts of symbolic violence on television they become conditioned to view the world as a mean and scary place In other words the cultivation perspective holds that televisions consistently violent messages leads viewers to be more fearful and mistrustful of others Perse 1994 The overwhelming presence of violence on television and subsequent research supports cultivation theory In his theory Gerbner defines violence as the overt expression of physical force with or without a weapon against self or others compelling action against ones will on pain of being hurt andor killed or threatened to be so victimized as part of the plot Griffin p
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