Liliana Escobar-Chaves, DrPH, and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston under contract to The Medical Institute for Sexual Health, systematically reviewed all biomedical and social science research conducted from 1983 to 2004 that explored effects of mass media
While the false consensus effect has not been explored regarding effects of mass media
, we would expect such research to suggest that people see themselves influenced the same as other people.
Loeffler, a writer, aural historian, producer of documentary radio programs, sound collage artist, and lecturer, collects interviews mostly drawn from a radio series he produced in 1984, "Southwest Sound Collage," in which he spoke with writers, environmentalists, historians, artists, and others like Edward Abbey, Andrew Weil, John Nichols, Anna Sofaer, Stewart Udall, and Gary Snyder, who present their views on topics like the privatization of water rights, the population increase, the fate of indigenous peoples, the effects of mass media
, digital technology and the natural world, whether money is the root of all evil, and other questions of the human condition.
In 15 chapters, the authors describe the development of mass media in historical and socio-cultural context, process and functions of mass media, political systems as they affect and are affected by mass media, economic realities of ownership and control of media, legal concerns determining media rights and responsibilities, audiences and their use of mass media, the impact effects of mass media
, and chapters dealing individually with newspapers; books, magazines, and newsletters; motion pictures; radio and sound recordings; television; advertising; and public relations and public opinion as they relate to mass media.
Among their topics are the advantages and disadvantages of the Internet in preventing suicide, improving public health practice in suicide prevention through online training, the online deliver of safe and effective information about warning signs for suicide, exploring self-injury and suicide in relation to self-harm discussion groups on the Internet, effects of mass media
on suicidal behavior in patients with psychotic disorders, Internet- based mental health research for Japanese men in sexual minorities, legal and ethical considerations for Internet communication about assisted or rational suicide, and possible Internet-based therapies for treating war veterans with post-traumatic mood disorder.
He reminds readers of the limitations of research, tied as it is to a specific person, place and time, analyzes the concepts of "information: and "meaning," and examines specific issues such as research on the effects of mass media
depiction of violence and gratuitous sex on groups thought susceptible such as the very young.
This colorful textbook identifies the eight mass media, the major content forms disseminated by the media to mass audiences, and the effects of mass media
on individual lives and on the global society.