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  •  I remember that there was a study that directly (3+ / 0-)
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    linked watching news programs with the amount of fear a person lived with.  It has something to do with the immediacy of television, so even if the violence is far away, on an emotional level it feels immediate and dangerous.

    "I watch Fox News for my comedy, and Comedy Central for my news." - Facebook Group

    by Sychotic1 on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:05:52 AM PST

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    •  Local news in particular. The 11pm crime reporting (4+ / 0-)

      collects tragic stories from a wide geographic area and reports them as though they're happening right in your neighborhood... five nights a week. The effect is a highly exaggerated sense of threat.

      I suspect that people with an innate sense of fear become addicted to this stuff.  I almost never watch the "film at eleven", but when I do, I feel an unnatural urge to go purchase a firearm.

      Have you noticed?
      Politicians who promise LESS government
      only deliver BAD government.

      by jjohnjj on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 10:38:39 AM PST

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      •  i lived in Florida for a couple of years... (3+ / 0-)
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        I couldn't watch the local news...too disturbing.

        "Republicans are the party that says that government doesn't work, then they get elected and prove it."-- PJ O'Rourke

        by nocynicism on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 11:18:51 AM PST

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      •  That's interesting (0+ / 0-)

        I've never had that reaction. I do admit to hardly ever watching local TV news, but that has more to do with the lack of useful news than anything else. I've always lived in a safe community, and that safe community has always been about 15 minutes from quite unsafe communities. The stuff on TV is usually reported with a location--often right down to the nearest cross street. Why would that affect me? I lock my doors, but that's more to stop the casual druggie looking for fix money than out of fear of serious crime.

    •  I can't agree with that study (0+ / 0-)

      I suspect that those who are inclined to watch infotainment (including local TV news) have the type of brain that craves fear, uncertainty and doubt. I have seen studies that suggest that the Republican brain has less ability to feel empathy. That makes far more sense to me.

      Personally, I'm a child of the television era. In my case, I have no doubt that it made me more liberal. Being exposed to the diverse collection of people beyond the glowing screen had a profound, and positive, effect on me.

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