A Journal Article Analysis of Desensitization in News Reports

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Desensitization:
A Journal Article Analysis of Desensitization in News Reports

Desensitization:
A Journal Article Analysis of Desensitization in News Reports
In this article, Scharrer (2008) looks at whether people become desensitized to violence from their everyday interactions and exposure to entertainment television, local newspapers, and local television news. Specifically this study looks at violence in news content and people’s view of the violence in the news content along with their levels of empathy. This problem is worth studying because desensitization can sometimes help the learning of violence and make some violence not appear as bad, and if people become desensitized from their everyday interactions with the media it has the potential to shape the lives of many and for crime to become more severe because we are not as affected by lesser crime. The theory of desensitization was used within this article. I believe with what the author was aiming to study desensitization was an excellent choice to utilize. This is because “desensitization has been defined as a short term, immediate drop in concern or sympathy about violence,” (Scharrer, 2008, p. 292). While desensitization has a short-term effect it also has a long-term effect of lesser concern that can be caused by repeated exposure to violence in the media. If you see something in the media repeatedly, especially violence, this can lead to you overlooking and not being as concerned about violence. As we see violence in the media nearly everyday, we can begin to overlook it or grow less concerned with it.

The author looks at a topic that has had previous research done on it, and has also completed adequate research on the topic. Scharrer examines violence in news content, her theory, and multiple things that may provide support for her theory. It really helped that she looked at crime themes in previous research.

The method had a clear foundation. The study did need to have a...
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