Tuesday September 1, 2009 | Media Influence

August 31, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

Join us for a conversation about the influence that the media has on us, whether we’re aware of it or not. We’ll talk with Dr. Karen Dill, author of How Fantasy Becomes Reality: Seeing Through Media Influence about how Facebook, Twitter, texting and other media influence how we see others, ourselves and the world around us.
Dr. Karen Dill – Social psychologist

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  1. Television news is not about straight reporting (unless, of course you watch PBS). Most, if not all television news outlets are subsidiaries of a corporation that dictates policy and the bottom line is what determines what gets broadcast and what doesn’t.

    It’s funny how we live in the information age and are the least informed. As far as psychology goes, has your guest read Dr. Barry Glassner’s book, “The Culture of Fear”? That is a great read explains why most Americans are afraid of the wrong things, generally influenced by media.

  2. Great show today and critical for our media-saturated society. As someone who has done research on this myself, I find your guests book strongly akin to Gerbners Social Reality Theory. How did this theory inform her research for her book?

  3. John Stewart is a comedian. I’m surprised that Dr. Dill would use a Stewart show as an example of how people are showing up at town hall meetings with guns.
    There are a number of examples of how the media are ‘Photoshoping’ photos to impart a ‘view’. One example is the guy in Arizona with the rifle. Some media cropped off the subjects head to give the idea that a ‘white’ guy was intimidating people of color… Of course the ‘white guy’ turned out to be black.
    And there is a bit of hysteria in the reporting of this subject. On Dianne Rehm’s show one morning, Dianne as much as accused the guy of showing up at an Obama rally with a machine gun.
    There is culpability in ALL of the media, INCLUDING NPR!

    • Especially NPR!

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