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Fear and Loathing in the Heartland: How Communication Affects Young Adults' Perspectives on the Anniversary of 9-11
Unformatted Document Text:  Young Adults on the 9-11 Anniversary 12 not have an influence on political discussions. Over 36 percent of the variance of political discussion is accounted for in this model. More female young adults than males are discussing news coverage of the 9-11 anniversary and the war on terrorism with their parents and friends ( β = -.10, p < .01). These young adults are also more religious ( β = .13, p < .01). Political interest is a strong influence ( β = .38, p < .01), but likelihood to vote and political ideology are not. Attention to mass media is a very important predictor to these discussions. While these young adults are paying very heavy attention to news coverage of the 9-11 anniversary and the war on terrorism ( β = .61, p < .01), they are also paying attention to television news ( β = .26, p < .01) as well as television entertainment ( β = .15, p < .01). Young adults engaged in these discussions about the 9-11 anniversary and the war on terrorism also feel greater “symbolic-emotional” patriotism ( β = .16, p < .01), although simpler “love of country” patriotism is not an influence. Nearly 45 percent of the variance of discussion of the 9-11 anniversary and the war on terrorism is accounted for in this model. Political Knowledge Male young adults have more general political knowledge than females ( β = .22, p < .01). All of the political variables have an influence on knowledge: political interest, likelihood to vote, and political ideology (Table 3). Young adults with political knowledge pay attention to television news ( β = .18, p < .01), and have political discussions with parents and friends ( β = .20, p < .01). Male young adults also have more knowledge of the events of 9-11, although none of the other demographic variables are associated with it. Political interest is also a predictor of 9-11 knowledge. Young adults who have 9-11 knowledge also engage in more political discussions as well as discussions of the 9-11 anniversary and the war on terrorism. 9-11 Anniversary Affect Measures Fearfulness. Female young adults are much more fearful after reading or watching coverage of the 9-11 anniversary ( β = -.37, p < .01). Young adults who are experiencing fearful emotions also are somewhat more politically interested ( β = .11, p <

Authors: Horowitz, Edward. and Wanstrom, Johan.
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Young Adults on the 9-11 Anniversary
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not have an influence on political discussions. Over 36 percent of the variance of
political discussion is accounted for in this model.
More female young adults than males are discussing news coverage of the 9-11
anniversary and the war on terrorism with their parents and friends (
β
= -.10, p < .01).
These young adults are also more religious (
β
= .13, p < .01). Political interest is a strong
influence (
β
= .38, p < .01), but likelihood to vote and political ideology are not.
Attention to mass media is a very important predictor to these discussions. While these
young adults are paying very heavy attention to news coverage of the 9-11 anniversary
and the war on terrorism (
β
= .61, p < .01), they are also paying attention to television
news (
β
= .26, p < .01) as well as television entertainment (
β
= .15, p < .01). Young
adults engaged in these discussions about the 9-11 anniversary and the war on terrorism
also feel greater “symbolic-emotional” patriotism (
β
= .16, p < .01), although simpler
“love of country” patriotism is not an influence. Nearly 45 percent of the variance of
discussion of the 9-11 anniversary and the war on terrorism is accounted for in this
model.
Political Knowledge
Male young adults have more general political knowledge than females (
β
= .22,
p < .01). All of the political variables have an influence on knowledge: political interest,
likelihood to vote, and political ideology (Table 3). Young adults with political
knowledge pay attention to television news (
β
= .18, p < .01), and have political
discussions with parents and friends (
β
= .20, p < .01). Male young adults also have
more knowledge of the events of 9-11, although none of the other demographic variables
are associated with it. Political interest is also a predictor of 9-11 knowledge. Young
adults who have 9-11 knowledge also engage in more political discussions as well as
discussions of the 9-11 anniversary and the war on terrorism.
9-11 Anniversary Affect Measures
Fearfulness. Female young adults are much more fearful after reading or
watching coverage of the 9-11 anniversary (
β
= -.37, p < .01). Young adults who are
experiencing fearful emotions also are somewhat more politically interested (
β
= .11, p <


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