Does Watching the News Affect Fear of Terrorism? The Importance of Media Exposure on Terrorism Fear

@article{Nellis2012DoesWT,
  title={Does Watching the News Affect Fear of Terrorism? The Importance of Media Exposure on Terrorism Fear},
  author={Ashley Marie Nellis and Joanne Savage},
  journal={Crime \& Delinquency},
  year={2012},
  volume={58},
  pages={748 - 768}
}
Several authors have proposed that media hype elevates perceptions of risk and fear of crime. Research suggests that fear of crime is related to the overall amount of media consumption, resonance of news reports, how much attention the individual pays to the news, and how credible he or she believes it to be. The present study examines whether the same applies for terrorism. We use telephone survey data (N = 532) of New Yorkers and Washingtonians to test whether perceived risk and fear of… 

Tables from this paper

Fear of terrorism: media exposure and subjective fear of attack

ABSTRACT In many Western countries, citizen knowledge of terrorist events is intrinsically shaped by the style of broadcasted messages published by the media. Media discourses regarding terrorist

Comfortably Numb: Effects of Prolonged Media Coverage

Exposure to a single report about terrorism in the mass media can trigger a range of emotional and political reactions. The consequences of exposure to several terrorism reports in row, however, are

Exposure to Terrorism-related News: Associations with Beliefs about Terrorism and Self-protective Action

ABSTRACT This study examined how exposure to terrorism-related news is associated with perceived threat of terrorist attacks and self-protective actions taken in response to terrorism. Data were

Crime News Consumption and Fear of Violence: The Role of Traditional Media, Social Media, and Alternative Information Sources

In this article, we examine the correlates of fear of violence in the cross-media landscape. The study draws on the Finnish National Crime Victim Survey (n = 6,141, respondents aged 15–74 years).

Fear of Terrorism and Attitudes Toward Refugees: An Empirical Test of Group Threat Theory

In recent years, the co-occurrence of the migration crisis and terrorist attacks in European cities have created a strong link between refugees and asylum seekers and terrorism in the minds of many

Public Concern about Terrorism: Fear, Worry, and Support for Anti-Muslim Policies

In the era of 9/11, terrorist attacks occur with sufficient frequency and lethality to constitute a realistic threat to the well-being of the American public. Sensing this concern, politicians

Using Behavioral Strategies to Cope With the Threat of Terrorism: A National-Level Study

Although the risk of dying in a terrorist attack in the United States is almost non-existent, recent polls indicate that Americans rank terrorism as a top national concern, prioritizing it over other

Media Literacy and Response to Terror News

Increased fear and threat toward terrorism in the current American society is largely due to vivid news coverages, as explained by cultivation theory and mean world syndrome. Media literacy has

Fear of Terrorism in Armenia: Anxiety, Moral Panic and the Role of the Media

In the aftermath of 9/11, terrorism has become a prominent area of research across multiple disciplines. Recent polls and surveys in the USA, Europe, and other countries directly affected by terror

The framing of terrorism : a comparative analysis of news media framing of terrorism

The Framing of Terrorism: A Comparative Analysis of News Media Framing of Terrorism Terrorism as a social phenomenon has existed in society since the beginning of recorded history. However there
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 58 REFERENCES

Responses to Media Coverage of Terrorism

Differential anxiety responses to television coverage of national threat situations and terrorism in Israel were examined. A total of 237 participants were evenly divided into two groups, each

Threat, Anxiety, and Support of Antiterrorism Policies

The perception of threat and the experience of anxiety are distinct but related public reactions to terrorism. Anxiety increases risk aversion, potentially undercutting support for dangerous military

Crime, News and Fear of Crime: Toward an Identification of Audience Effects

Communication studies increasingly recognize the audience's critical role in receiving and interpreting media messages. Research into audience attributes that distinguish “media effects,” on the fear

The Credibility of Newspapers and Fear of Crime

It was hypothesized that the effect of a fear-arousing newspaper article about crime on fear of crime and concern about crime as a societal problem is dependent on source (newspaper) credibility. In

FEAR, TV NEWS, AND THE REALITY OF CRIME*

Data from a 1997 survey of 2, 250 Florida residents are used to assess whether and how the reality of crime influences the relationship between watching TV news and fear of crime. Local crime rates,

Television News and the Cultivation of Fear of Crime

Why has the public persisted in believing that violent crime is a widespread national problem in the U.S. despite declining trends in crime and the fact that crime is concentrated in urban locations?

Introducing Fear of Crime to Risk Research

  • J. Jackson
  • Psychology, Sociology
    Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
  • 2006
The article advances the argument that fear of crime may be an individual response to community social order and a generalized attitude toward the moral trajectory of society.

Fear of Victimization: A Look at the Proximate Causes

Research on fear of victimization continues to overlook the proximate causes offear, relying instead on tacit and untested assumptions about those causes. For example, it is widely accepted that

The consequences of terrorism: disentangling the effects of personal and national threat

The events of 11 September 2001 have led to a higher perceived risk of terrorism in the United States. A better understanding of the political consequences of 9/11 requires a more complete accounting

The Impact of Victimization on Fear

This report examines the relationship between criminal victimization and fear of crime. Past research has been surprisingly inconclusive about this issue, and some people's fears have been branded
...