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Re: Df photos of greenhouse, now various disasters

Unfortunately, the temptation to exercise repression is rampant  
whenever any group thinks they have ownership of the "truth" and the  
responsibility to set all other misguided souls "straight".  Regards  
television, and to a lesser extent the print media, fear and disaster  
sells. When a human interest story or an in depth look at an issue  
surfaces, we always say "Must be a slow news day!"

Cathy, west central IL, z5b

On Jan 3, 2006, at 5:44 PM, james singer wrote:

> Does seem that we've had more than a normal amount of disappoints  
> the last couple of years.
> George Gerbner, the dean emeritus of Penn's Annenberg School of  
> Communications died Christmas eve. He made a career of associating  
> human behavior with TV violence. Gerbner believed people no longer  
> learned their cultural identity from family, schools, churches, and  
> communities but from "a handful of conglomerates who have something  
> to sell." In 1981, he told Congress people who watch large amounts  
> of television are more likely to believe that the world is a  
> frightening place. "Fearful people are more dependent," he said,  
> "more easily manipulated and controlled, more susceptible to  
> deceptively simple, strong, tough measures, and hard-line  
> postures... They may accept and even welcome repression if it  
> promises to relieve their insecurities."
> Thought you might be interested.

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