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Too much TV?

After reading Gerbner for the second time I find his results to be a little unreasonable.  Firstly, Gerbner found that poeple who watch too much TV which he calls “television types” are more likely to be a victim.  Now I for one watch TV about 2-3 hours a day and I honestly dont think that I’m more likely to be a victim.  What I would want to know is what kind of individuals did Gerbner study and if their background may have something to do with the fact that they are more likely to be victimized.  Another result that I found to be a little over the top was the fact that the heavy TV viewers became suspicious of other people’s motives.  Now I can sorta see where this comes from but in the end I think people who watch too much TV shouldn’t feel suspicious of other people because I think it all depends on the type of show the person is watching.  The only real result that I don’t have a problem with and can relate to is the one where the heavy TV viewer are more likely to over estimate “criminal violence” then the average person.  Honestly I think if you asked anyone to walk down a dark alley all alone they would have fears as well and will most likely believe that people who inhabit these dark alleys are linked to criminal behaviour.  I mean what person would walk down this alley with no fears at all…maybe superman. 

Anyway I wanna hear what you guys and girls have to say on this topic.  Do you believe that the results found by Gerbner are a little far fetched or do they seem plausible to you that people who do watch extended hours of TV are more at risk and behave differently around others?  What other test would you want to see relating to the amount of TV people watch to an everyday activity?  Do you also think that it depends more on the TV show then the amount of TV a person actually watches?

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  1. michaelyoon says

    Personally, I do not watch television. I don’t even watch any program on the internet.
    However, I agree with you. I grew up on Power Rangers, WWF Wrestling, and all these violent television shows. I think I turned out fairly fine considering the likelihood against that. I mean I don’t believe that we are defined by what we see on the television. However, I also believe that adequate exposure and good timing are very key solutions to solving the violence repeated through the actions of young naive children. For instance, you would not expose a confused eleven year old boy to pornography.
    On a concluding note, i would be more interested to find the correlation and behavioural differences between tv watchersm internet user and whatever hobbies or past times people. Just a thought.

  2. tnvincen says

    I would have to agree with you eddy. I think that Gerbners theory is a little far fetched. I grew up watching all kinds of history movies and documentaries about wars as well as the kids cartoons like ninja turtles and all that good stuff as well. I dont feel like I am more victimized because I have watched these shows. I think the people who watch a lot of tv and who feel victimized are people who are generally more afraid of violence in the world. Maybe they also constantly think of all the bad things that they have seen on tv and it makes them more afraid..

  3. caleier says

    I wonder about the concept of violence in media. Not just on TV but also in video games that are consumed in astronomical quantities by today’s young men. There are now addiction centres in places like Europe for this problem. And there are reports that tabulate the number of “kills” that young men who play these games perform that are encoded in the memory of the brain. If you extrapolate from Gerbner theory of television, our culture is surely going to hell in a hand-basket. There’s so much quiet hysteria in our culture about these things. Even the theories themselves contribute to this. To read Gerbner is to become very pessimistic.

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