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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Study of the Relationship between Media Use and Anomie in America's Fastest Growing Town
Unformatted Document Text:  13 hrs/wk., s= 4.52) is watched more than the nationally televised newscast ( 0 = 2.92 hrs/wk., s= 3.66). Of the two daily newspapers in Las Vegas, the Review-Journal ( 0 = 3.50 hrs/wk, s= 4.27) is read almost five times more hours per week than the Sun ( 0 = 0.75 hrs/wk., s= 1.91). Of the computer-based media (accessing the world wide web, playing computer games, and using e- mail), accessing the world wide web has the highest average use per week ( 0 = 4.27 hrs/wk., s = 6.68). Each of the two media modalities that require a person to leave their home or apartment are used in almost equal amounts: people said that they go out to see live music an average of 1.27 times per month (s= 4.46) and they go out to see a movie 1.22 times per month (s= 1.53). Neighborhood newspapers ( 0 = 1.54, s= 1.07) are used somewhat more frequently than either alternative papers ( 0 = 1.34, s= 0.98) or public affairs television programming ( 0 = 1.01, s= 0.90). The remain media modalities measured for this study had varying degrees of usage, from a low of 0.15 hours a week (s= 1.10) of Web TV, to 2.52 hours a week (s= 5.33) listening to talk radio. Table 2 shows the results for the seven regression models. Negative beta coefficients are associated with a decrease in anomie and positive coefficients mean an increase in anomie (per unit increase of the independent variable). With anomie as the dependent variable, the first column of the table shows the regression coefficients for the entire sample (“All”). Four types of media have a significant effect on anomie. The afternoon daily newspaper (the Sun) (b= -.699, p<=.01) and the neighborhood newspaper (b= -.963, p<=.01) negatively effect anomie. In other words, their use decreases feelings of anomie. Satellite television (b=.116, p<=.05) and computer games (b=.133, p<=.05), on the other hand, increased feelings of anomie. the sample used for this study is of adequate size to run regressions.

Authors: Mullen, Lawrence.
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13
hrs/wk., s= 4.52) is watched more than the nationally televised newscast (
0
= 2.92 hrs/wk., s=
3.66). Of the two daily newspapers in Las Vegas, the Review-Journal (
0
= 3.50 hrs/wk, s= 4.27)
is read almost five times more hours per week than the Sun (
0
= 0.75 hrs/wk., s= 1.91). Of the
computer-based media (accessing the world wide web, playing computer games, and using e-
mail), accessing the world wide web has the highest average use per week (
0
= 4.27 hrs/wk., s =
6.68). Each of the two media modalities that require a person to leave their home or apartment
are used in almost equal amounts: people said that they go out to see live music an average of
1.27 times per month (s= 4.46) and they go out to see a movie 1.22 times per month (s= 1.53).
Neighborhood newspapers (
0
= 1.54, s= 1.07) are used somewhat more frequently than either
alternative papers (
0
= 1.34, s= 0.98) or public affairs television programming (
0
= 1.01, s= 0.90).
The remain media modalities measured for this study had varying degrees of usage, from a low
of 0.15 hours a week (s= 1.10) of Web TV, to 2.52 hours a week (s= 5.33) listening to talk radio.
Table 2 shows the results for the seven regression models. Negative beta coefficients are
associated with a decrease in anomie and positive coefficients mean an increase in anomie (per
unit increase of the independent variable).
With anomie as the dependent variable, the first column of the table shows the regression
coefficients for the entire sample (“All”). Four types of media have a significant effect on
anomie. The afternoon daily newspaper (the Sun) (b= -.699, p<=.01) and the neighborhood
newspaper (b= -.963, p<=.01) negatively effect anomie. In other words, their use decreases
feelings of anomie. Satellite television (b=.116, p<=.05) and computer games (b=.133, p<=.05),
on the other hand, increased feelings of anomie.
the sample used for this study is of adequate size to run regressions.


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