The Increase of How Mass Media Coverage Manipulates Our Minds

The Increase of How Mass Media Coverage Manipulates Our Minds

David Brian Ross (Nova Southeastern University, USA), Richard Louis (Broward College, USA) and Melissa T. Sasso (Nova Southeastern University, USA)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 35
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7513-9.ch010
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This chapter explores the insight of how the mind is negatively impacted by the news media. The purpose of this chapter is to introduce readers to how the human brain processes good and adverse effects of the news. The chapter begins with the overview that delves into the various aspects such as our brain and how it processes emotions, the theoretical frameworks of mass society, Marxism, functionalism, social constructionism, the historical context of the media in various countries, journalists and pundits, how the media divides communities, and how the media reports world events causing individuals to suffer from adverse psychological effects. This chapter then ends with a conclusion that consists of suggested future research.
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In today’s technological, virtual, and global world, people have access to 24/7 media news coverage. This news coverage has changed over the decades from reporting news to newscast personnel giving their opinions and commentaries based on their political views and personal agendas (i.e., appearing to know or not), to include the advertising from sponsors (Hopmann & Stromback, 2010). This different focus of the media news programming has become more of a business with pundits and so-called strategists who evoke stress on the viewers. Constant exposure to negative news coverage influences viewers’ mental health, to include stress (Gregoire, 2015; Hamilton, 2014; Yeager, 2013). Gregoire (2015) stated, “The news can be violent, depressing, and emotionally-charged” (para. 1). As a result, this book chapter is based on media and the psychological effects (e.g., stress/ PTSD) it has on individuals. The chapter will begin with a theoretical framework, which will comprise of various theories and theorists, such as (a) Mass society theory, (b) Marxist media theory, (c) Functionalist theory, (d) Social constructionism, and (e) other aligning theories. The chapter will then unfold to a synthesis, which will discuss the types of media and the effects it has on individuals. Furthermore, it will illustrate the content of international news presented by media, such as war and natural disasters, politics, religion, and other issues for debate. Points are discussed in detail in regards to how it results in viewers suffering from stress, to the point of suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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