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Violent Media Content: A Cross-Media, Longitundinal Analysis

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This study is a content analysis of the amount and types of violence in four types of media content over time. Numerous media outlets within the areas of primetime television, newspapers, newsmagazines, and television newscasts are analyzed separately as well as compared in determining how much violence and what types of violence each has included over the past two decades. Results find that the media types vary in terms of percentage of overall content that contains violence as well as number of physical and verbal violent acts. The media types are also found to differ in terms of longitudinal trends. For some, amount of violence has increased over time, whereas for others it has decreased. Finally, comparisons are drawn between the amount of violence in the media examined and external factors, namely amount of governmental and press attention to the issue of media violence as a social problem and FBI crime data. Scant evidence of a relationship between presence of violence in fictional and non-fictional media and these factors is found.

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Scharrer, Erica. "Violent Media Content: A Cross-Media, Longitundinal Analysis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111677_index.html>

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Scharrer, E. , 2003-05-27 "Violent Media Content: A Cross-Media, Longitundinal Analysis" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111677_index.html

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Abstract: This study is a content analysis of the amount and types of violence in four types of media content over time. Numerous media outlets within the areas of primetime television, newspapers, newsmagazines, and television newscasts are analyzed separately as well as compared in determining how much violence and what types of violence each has included over the past two decades. Results find that the media types vary in terms of percentage of overall content that contains violence as well as number of physical and verbal violent acts. The media types are also found to differ in terms of longitudinal trends. For some, amount of violence has increased over time, whereas for others it has decreased. Finally, comparisons are drawn between the amount of violence in the media examined and external factors, namely amount of governmental and press attention to the issue of media violence as a social problem and FBI crime data. Scant evidence of a relationship between presence of violence in fictional and non-fictional media and these factors is found.

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VIOLENT MEDIA CONTENT: A LONGITUDINAL CROSS-MEDIA ANALYSIS By Erica Scharrer Assistant Professor Department of Communication University of Massachusetts Amherst 309 Machmer Hall Department of Communication University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst MA 01003 Phone: (413) 545-4765 Fax: (413) 545-6399 scharrer@comm.umass.edu Submitted to the Mass Communication and Society Division International Communication Association Annual Meeting San Diego CA May 2003 2 Introduction and Theory In 1972 David G. Clark and William B. Blankenburg published an extensive analysis of the amount of violence
something that would happen in real life; 3 = The violent act was very unrealistic and un-lifelike. It could never happen in real life. Presence of weapons- The type of weapon used was recorded (e.g. gun knife bomb etc.). It was also noted if no weapon was used or if multiple weapons were used. Anti-violent theme- 1 = Did have an anti-violent theme; there was dialogue plot developments etc. that suggested that the overall point of the story was


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