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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:  14 [Table 2 Here] The next two columns represent regression models for which the sample was divided between those who do not belong to any social groups and those who belong to at least one social group. The results show that the media have no significant impact on anomie for those who do not belong to any social group (see second column of regression coefficients). For those who are members of at least one social group the findings show that reading the afternoon daily newspaper (the Sun) (b= -.855, p<=.001) and listening to the radio for music (b= -.078, p<=.05) significantly reduce feelings of anomie. Watching the local television newscast, on the other hand, significantly increases feelings of anomie (b=.216, p<=.05). Columns four and five are the regression models for those who have lived in the community for less than ten years and ten or more years respectively. For those who have lived in Las Vegas for less than ten years, reading the afternoon newspaper (the Sun) significantly alleviates feelings of anomie. For those who have lived in the community for ten or more years, renting videos (b= -.296, p<=.05), listening to the radio for music (b= -.075, p<=.05), and reading the neighborhood newspaper (b= -.948, p<=.05) significantly reduce anomie. Watching the local news on television (b=.249, p<=.05) and watching satellite broadcast television (b=.135, p<=.05) significantly increase anomie for these long-time residents. The last two regression models divide the respondents into low (less than $40,000) and high ($40,000 or more) annual income categories. For those with incomes less than $40,000, no form of media use significantly decreases anomie. Watching satellite broadcast television, however, can increase anomie for these residents (b=.185, p<=.05). For those who make $40,000 or more per year, reading the afternoon newspaper (the Sun) significantly decreases anomie (b=

Authors: Mullen, Lawrence.
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[Table 2 Here]
The next two columns represent regression models for which the sample was divided
between those who do not belong to any social groups and those who belong to at least one
social group. The results show that the media have no significant impact on anomie for those
who do not belong to any social group (see second column of regression coefficients). For those
who are members of at least one social group the findings show that reading the afternoon daily
newspaper (the Sun) (b= -.855, p<=.001) and listening to the radio for music (b= -.078, p<=.05)
significantly reduce feelings of anomie. Watching the local television newscast, on the other
hand, significantly increases feelings of anomie (b=.216, p<=.05).
Columns four and five are the regression models for those who have lived in the
community for less than ten years and ten or more years respectively. For those who have lived
in Las Vegas for less than ten years, reading the afternoon newspaper (the Sun) significantly
alleviates feelings of anomie. For those who have lived in the community for ten or more years,
renting videos (b= -.296, p<=.05), listening to the radio for music (b= -.075, p<=.05), and
reading the neighborhood newspaper (b= -.948, p<=.05) significantly reduce anomie. Watching
the local news on television (b=.249, p<=.05) and watching satellite broadcast television
(b=.135, p<=.05) significantly increase anomie for these long-time residents.
The last two regression models divide the respondents into low (less than $40,000) and
high ($40,000 or more) annual income categories. For those with incomes less than $40,000, no
form of media use significantly decreases anomie. Watching satellite broadcast television,
however, can increase anomie for these residents (b=.185, p<=.05). For those who make $40,000
or more per year, reading the afternoon newspaper (the Sun) significantly decreases anomie (b=


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