quote:I am currently researching the media's effects on the recidivism rate of African American Males
I think the medias effect on recidivism rate is trivial. The medias effect on crime in general may be significant. But the environment that a child grows up in during the first 5 to 10 years is going to have a very strong effect.
That is why a small effect by the media could have a large effect over time. Suppose we said the effect was 1% per year starting in 1970. After 10 years that is 10.4%, in 20 years it is 22% so by 2000 it would be 35%. Of course then the adults who were affected by the media begin affecting the children.
Of course we have psychology majors helping to create television commercials to get people buying what they can't afford. So does that mean that people who are not "fucking up" are making a living getting other people to "fuck up"?
I started using my VCR to record shows and time shift so I could fast scan thru commercials in the 80s. Why waste my time and give some jerk the opportunity to mess with my head? I read the Hidden Persuaders in high school.