Cultivating fear: the effects of television news on public's fear of terrorism

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2005-01-01
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Anton, Fernando
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Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
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Based on cultivation theory, this study analyzed the relationship between television news exposure and the creation of fear in TV audiences. The results show that heavy television news viewers are more scared of terrorism than light viewers. They also hold a larger number of erroneous beliefs about facts related to terrorist incidents and are more likely to adopt protective behavioral intentions due to fear. Differences in cultivation levels among viewers of the six main national TV networks were also found.

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