Episode 178: ‘Mean World Syndrome’ – Television’s Role in Shaping Our World View

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Today’s podcast deals with the phenomena known as ‘Mean World Syndrome’ – the belief that the world is more dangerous than it really is. The term was coined by the late cultural theorist Dr. George Gerbner as part of his work on cultivation theory, a social theory that examines the long-term effects of television. Specifically, Dr. Gerbner’s research found that heavy TV viewers are more likely to overestimate their risk of being victimized by crime, believe that their neighborhoods are unsafe, and assume that the crime rate is increasing, even when it isn’t.

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