Television News and the Cultivation of Fear of Crime

  title={Television News and the Cultivation of Fear of Crime},
  author={Daniel Romer and Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Sean Aday},
  journal={Journal of Communication},
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? Cultivation theory suggests that widespread fear of crime is fueled in part by heavy exposure to violent dramatic programming on prime-time television. Here we explore a related hypothesis: that fear of crime is in part a by-product of exposure to crime-saturated local television news. To test this… Expand

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