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the proposal that increased television viewing leads to a perception of the world as being a more hostile, dangerous place.
Are more fearful of the night. Real life: night is fun, relaxing, after work, party, romantic, etc. Media: Night is when most crime happens.
Are more cynical of people (everybody is a suspect). In real life 99% of people we meet are good/kind.
Everyone is victimized, especially the rich and white. Poorest minorities are most likely to be victimized.
Less optimistic about the future, real life: our lives are good (and getting better), Media: the future sucks crime is bad!
Believe their neighborhoods are unsafe, life is exceedingly safe (& boring) in middle-class suburbia.
Violence and crime is always increasing on TV. It is increasing to excite us and increase ratings.
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