Mind in the Media
Today many people are affected by what the media puts into their heads. Many others, including myself, judge the media as hearsay and propaganda. In the essay " Pictures in Our Heads" Anthony Pratkanis and Elliot Aronson, on page 157, ask the question "To what extent do we let our fictions guide our thoughts and actions?". In my opinion Pratkanis' and Aronson's question does not apply to me, but it does pertain to some others. Their supports should be backed by better studies, yet some of the supports seem to be quite accurate.
"Pictures" is an essay on two men's view of how the media causes people to change their ways. Most of their supports are based on "so called" scientifical studies. These "studies", that can be performed by the average person, can very from one study to the next, which leaves a lot of room for error. Pratkanis and Aronson write in "Pictures", "Those who watch more than four hours a day over estimate the number of people employed as physician, lawyers, and athletes." this is not true. I do not over estimate the number of people in any of these jobs, and I watch five hours or more of television each day. I know for a fact that the people who do these jobs are a minority compared to blue collared employees. Therefore, this study performed by Gerbener is an example of a faulty scientifical study.
Even though television shows produce a loosely staged simulation of reality, some people still believe most of what they see on those shows. However, I know that every cop does not catch every criminal; also, I know that every surgery does not come out perfectly every time. That does not mean it can not happen? What if there is a television show that is actually about a real cop? I know of a highway patrol officer, named James Rhoten, who has caught and had prosecuted every lawbreaker he has pursued. Haney and Manzolati point out in "Pictures" that "crime shows dispense remarkably consistent images of both police and...
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