Who's Afraid of Reality Shows?

  title={Who's Afraid of Reality Shows?},
  author={Jonathan Cohen and Gabriel Weimann},
  journal={Communication Research},
  pages={382 - 397}
This study explores the dynamics of social concern over reality shows. Couched in the theory of the influence of presumed influence, it is argued that the degree of concern over the effects of media mediates between beliefs in media power and people's responses to such beliefs. Survey data show that perceived influence is distinct from concern over effects. Furthermore, the authors show that perceived influence predicts willingness to censor reality shows but that, in addition to this direct… Expand

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