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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:  15 -.827, p<=.01). If we look across the rows in Table 2, we see that several types of media have no significant effect on anomie regardless of how we break up the sample. Neither reading the morning newspaper (the Review-Journal), watching television (in general), watching national news on television, watching recorded videotapes, listening to talk radio, watching webTV, reading alternative newspapers, watching public affairs television, using e-mail, using the world wide web (WWW), going to the movies, nor going out to listen to live music affect anomie positively or negatively. Two print media types have a fairly consistent negative effect on anomie: the afternoon newspaper (the Sun) and neighborhood newspapers tend to decrease anomie as their use increases. Watching satellite television and local newscasts tend to be positively associated with anomie, i.e., as their use increases, so does anomie. Discussion The relationships between the various forms of media use and anomie are indeed complex, but some fairly clear patterns emerged from this study. As the literature suggests, reading the local daily newspaper connects one to their community and, thus, helps to alleviate feelings of anomie. Las Vegas is a two-newspaper town: one is delivered in the morning, and one in the late-afternoon. The Las Vegas Review-Journal is the morning newspaper with a circulation that is about five times that of the afternoon newspaper, the Las Vegas Sun. What’s interesting is that, although the Sun’s readership is small, it feels less anomie the more it read the Sun. Such is not the case with the Review-Journal. Why might that be? One possibility is that the Sun is owned and operated by a local family while the Review-Journal is owned by an out-of-town

Authors: Mullen, Lawrence.
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-.827, p<=.01).
If we look across the rows in Table 2, we see that several types of media have no
significant effect on anomie regardless of how we break up the sample. Neither reading the
morning newspaper (the Review-Journal), watching television (in general), watching national
news on television, watching recorded videotapes, listening to talk radio, watching webTV,
reading alternative newspapers, watching public affairs television, using e-mail, using the world
wide web (WWW), going to the movies, nor going out to listen to live music affect anomie
positively or negatively. Two print media types have a fairly consistent negative effect on
anomie: the afternoon newspaper (the Sun) and neighborhood newspapers tend to decrease
anomie as their use increases. Watching satellite television and local newscasts tend to be
positively associated with anomie, i.e., as their use increases, so does anomie.
Discussion
The relationships between the various forms of media use and anomie are indeed
complex, but some fairly clear patterns emerged from this study. As the literature suggests,
reading the local daily newspaper connects one to their community and, thus, helps to alleviate
feelings of anomie. Las Vegas is a two-newspaper town: one is delivered in the morning, and one
in the late-afternoon. The Las Vegas Review-Journal is the morning newspaper with a circulation
that is about five times that of the afternoon newspaper, the Las Vegas Sun. What’s interesting is
that, although the Sun’s readership is small, it feels less anomie the more it read the Sun. Such is
not the case with the Review-Journal. Why might that be? One possibility is that the Sun is
owned and operated by a local family while the Review-Journal is owned by an out-of-town


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