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Mean World Syndrome

Mean World Syndrome is a phenomenon where the violence-related content of mass media convinces viewers that the world is more dangerous than it actually is, and prompts a desire for more protection than is warranted by any actual threat. Mean World Syndrome is one of the main conclusions of cultivation theory. The term "Mean World Syndrome" was coined by George Gerbner, a pioneer researcher on the effects of television on society, when he noted that people who watched a lot of TV tended to think of the world as an unforgiving and scary place.


Added: Jun-24-2012 Occurred On: Jun-24-2012
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  • fear is the most dangerous weapon of all time, how do you think nazism was born?

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    • @komet What you call "nazism" is a vast amount of people who are nationalistic and are proud of their land, culture, heritage and ancestors! They tried to bring people together and stand against whom tried to destroy what took many centuries to construct and develop.

      What you refer as fear is in my eyes their lack of selflessness to give it all for the cause.

      They stood up against the hooknoses for example, who tried to destroy the western society, which they failed but picked up whe More..

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    • @JanausdieNiederlande

      Apparently we missed a few of you goose-steppers, but we got enough that you'll NEVER have a voice outside your little circle of hate...

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    • @komet
      personaly I think it was born out of hope, but never mind

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    • @dyus nazism brought hope because people lived in misery after ww1, that's my point

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    • @JanausdieNiederlande The Nazis did not try to preserve German culture. They tried to break German culture and pervert an earlier Pan-European paganism to elevate the leadership to godhood and mythical significance. They attempted to convert the country to a nazi religion of the blood, centered around the idea of creating a new Atlantis ruled by the Arian Supermen. That is to say, to create a culture that had never existed before. And they used fear to make Germans angry at Jews and other people More..

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  • Doesn't need a scientist to tell you this...and its going to get a lot worse. As the emerging world starts getting more online, we will be getting 100's of live executions a day, more horors from sharia law around the world. If america starts going down the russian path for car dash cameras, people will realize american roads are also filled with impending dangers and death lurks on every road. The problem is the media can feed off all this information like a shark frenzy, and bring it all piped More..

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    • @dunkie26
      What is more frightening is that people watch TV to begin with...i haven´t watched anything on TV for years,i just can´t find any good reason for it

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    • @Forty6Two

      entertainment, movies is fine, but cant say when I last watched any news or related TV....

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  • Some parts of the world are very dangerous; others not. Going overboard with any risk assessment presents a new risk all unto itself. But ignoring all risk is courting folly.

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    • @DirtyUncleBerty ,

      Talk to the global warming and war on terror people about that.

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  • the modern world is FUCKED UP. Killing for religion, men marrying men, death and violence all around us. Anyone who would disagree is in complete denial

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    • @mart6992 Of course if this mans lifetime of careful scholarship is correct your belief in others denial is media induced paranoia.

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    • @mart6992 Well, the issue is that it is fucked up because of people's irrational world view. You can't reconcile the feeling that murder rates have gone up, with the statistics that show that they have gone down. And what is fucked up is that, even though you are safer now than in the 90s, the police act as if you are less safe, and are even more militarized than before. You might als osay, that Ah, see, militarizing the police makes sense, because that must be why murder is down. But then you h More..

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  • what a bunch of garbage by people that think they know so much that just isnt so

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  • Since 9/11 yawl have been played like a fiddle.

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