The “Scary World” of the Nonviewer and Other Anomalies

  title={The “Scary World” of the Nonviewer and Other Anomalies},
  author={P. Hirsch},
  journal={Communication Research},
  pages={403 - 456}
  • P. Hirsch
  • Published 1980
  • Psychology
  • Communication Research
  • This article critically examines the statistical evidence presented by Gerbner et al. to support their assertion that television-viewing “cultivates” distorted perceptions of the “real world.” In Part I, I point out discrepancies in the items, samples, and coding categories employed, and show that when controls are applied simultaneously (rather than singly) there is no linear relationship between amount of viewing and the provision of “television answers.” This reanalysis concludes that the… CONTINUE READING
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