How Television News Broadcasts in Kansas City Contribute to Viewers' Mean World Syndrome
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No matter where a person lives, he or she can turn on the local news to find reports of murder, automobile accidents, kidnapping, and other depressing or frightening stories, helping to create what has become known as mean world syndrome. Yet there are few in-depth, qualitative studies on exactly how television news broadcasts frame stories to further this syndrome in viewers. This study provides an in-depth analysis of three Kansas City 10:00 pm broadcasts and details how symbols, such as descriptive word choices, vocal and facial expressions, music, background images, and more, create a negative atmosphere for viewers.