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George Gerbner George Gerbner was born in 1919 in Budapest Hungary immigrated to America in the late 1930s due to his hatred of the fascist Prime Minister Gerbner obtained his US citizenship and earned his bachelors degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley in 1942 He earned a PhD from the University of Southern California in the process writing the first-ever masters thesis on the subject of education and television and begins a long career in academia studying the effects of television on its viewers particularly the effects of violence He worked for the San Francisco Chronicle as a copy editor reporter columnist and assistant financial editor The ex-poet motivated by his hatred of fascism enlisted in the US Army in 1943 He volunteered for the Office of Strategic Services and ended up in a group of fifteen men trained in the techniques of blowing up bridges and roads However on January 15 1945 one of his missions goes awry The young man and his OSS comrades under heavy fire from Slovenia parachuted into enemy territory The war took a bloody toll on the young mans brigade But America prevailed And the ex-poet now a decorated war hero fell in love with a woman named Ilona and moved to New York In 1964 he became the dean of the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Penn State archives Here he devoted over 40 years studying the effects that television has on its viewers until his retirement in 1989 Much of Gerbners research was influenced by his up close and personal accounts with the fascist regime in Hungary The Herzog 2 restricted and violent society motivated his vast efforts to reform television into a tool not a weapon Now he is seventy-seven years old and free to dedicate his attention to what has been a longtime project of trying to awaken television viewers from their trance and to consciously watch
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