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“The News Media, the Problem Frame, and the Production of Fear”

“The News Media, the Problem Frame, and the Production of Fear” The role of the news media in promoting a public discourse of fear is examined. A conceptual model is offered that is based on recent developments in communication formats and frames. The emphasis is on the impact of media forms and frames for guiding the selection and presentation of reports emphasizing fear (e.g., crime, drugs, violence). A “problem frame” compatible with format and entertainment needs is used by the news media as a secular version of a morality play. This promotes messages that resonate fear. The role of the problem frame is described as part of the process for promoting widespread messages stressing fear and danger. Materials from a qualitative content analysis approach, “tracking discourse,” of selected news media illustrate how the focus and content of “fear” shifts over a period of time. Conceptual and methodological implications of this approach are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Sociological Quarterly Taylor & Francis

“The News Media, the Problem Frame, and the Production of Fear”

The Sociological Quarterly , Volume 38 (4): 22 – Sep 1, 1997

“The News Media, the Problem Frame, and the Production of Fear”

The Sociological Quarterly , Volume 38 (4): 22 – Sep 1, 1997

Abstract

The role of the news media in promoting a public discourse of fear is examined. A conceptual model is offered that is based on recent developments in communication formats and frames. The emphasis is on the impact of media forms and frames for guiding the selection and presentation of reports emphasizing fear (e.g., crime, drugs, violence). A “problem frame” compatible with format and entertainment needs is used by the news media as a secular version of a morality play. This promotes messages that resonate fear. The role of the problem frame is described as part of the process for promoting widespread messages stressing fear and danger. Materials from a qualitative content analysis approach, “tracking discourse,” of selected news media illustrate how the focus and content of “fear” shifts over a period of time. Conceptual and methodological implications of this approach are discussed.

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Taylor & Francis
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1533-8525
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0038-0253
DOI
10.1111/j.1533-8525.1997.tb00758.x
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Abstract

The role of the news media in promoting a public discourse of fear is examined. A conceptual model is offered that is based on recent developments in communication formats and frames. The emphasis is on the impact of media forms and frames for guiding the selection and presentation of reports emphasizing fear (e.g., crime, drugs, violence). A “problem frame” compatible with format and entertainment needs is used by the news media as a secular version of a morality play. This promotes messages that resonate fear. The role of the problem frame is described as part of the process for promoting widespread messages stressing fear and danger. Materials from a qualitative content analysis approach, “tracking discourse,” of selected news media illustrate how the focus and content of “fear” shifts over a period of time. Conceptual and methodological implications of this approach are discussed.

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The Sociological QuarterlyTaylor & Francis

Published: Sep 1, 1997

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