New World Notes - False Stories TV Tells Us
This week on New World Notes: radio program #299, November 26, 2013, from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m. (and again from 8:30 to 9:00 p.m.), host Kenneth Dowst reminds us that most of what we know about how the world works comes from the stories we are told.
For a few generations now, most of the stories have been created by the corporate elite and told though the corporate-owned mass media--especially television. Researcher Dr. George Gerbner discusses how American TV distorts our understanding of how the world works.
Example: TV violence does not increase real-world violence. But it does make people more afraid of violence than is warranted--and more supportive of harsh "anti-crime" measures.
Gerbner's career as a communications scholar included 25 years as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communication (1964-1989). He died in 2005. His spoken words on our program are taken from a 2007 educational video, The Electronic Storyteller.
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WHUS 91.7 (Storrs, CT) has changed its program schedule. The station now broadcasts New World Notes on Thursdays at 10 AM. See the complete schedule.
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Series overview: Political and social commentary in a variety of genres. Exploring the gap between what we want--and what they're trying to make us settle for.
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