Title

Mass Media and Misperceptions of the War in Iraq

Poster Number

1

Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Artist Statement

Mass media have played a critical role in shaping the views of individual. One of the critical examples is that the news coverage sets the agenda for the public perception of the war in Iraq. This current study contains a literature review about the influences of the media on the general public’s perceptions of the Iraq War. It also examines the uses of framing theory in mass media such as newspapers and television to shape the attitudes toward the Iraq war. The study connects the use of framing theory with the degree of misconceptions. The author tries to exhibit resonances of misperceptions with the initial study and a replication with college freshman through a questionnaire compounded with an experiment to determine the common misperceptions of the Iraq War and popular news media among freshmen at University of the Pacific. Some limitations and suggestions for future study are provided.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom B

Start Date

1-5-2010 10:00 AM

End Date

1-5-2010 12:00 PM

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Mass Media and Misperceptions of the War in Iraq

DeRosa University Center, Ballroom B

Mass media have played a critical role in shaping the views of individual. One of the critical examples is that the news coverage sets the agenda for the public perception of the war in Iraq. This current study contains a literature review about the influences of the media on the general public’s perceptions of the Iraq War. It also examines the uses of framing theory in mass media such as newspapers and television to shape the attitudes toward the Iraq war. The study connects the use of framing theory with the degree of misconceptions. The author tries to exhibit resonances of misperceptions with the initial study and a replication with college freshman through a questionnaire compounded with an experiment to determine the common misperceptions of the Iraq War and popular news media among freshmen at University of the Pacific. Some limitations and suggestions for future study are provided.