ERIC Number: ED054648
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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The Mass Media in a Violent World.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sponsored a symposium on the impact of the representation of violence in the mass media on youth and adults. The symposium participants agreed on a working definition of violence as "the use of means of action which are harmful to the physical, psychic, or moral integrity of others." They concurred that while mass media are not the cause of violence in the world, they can, and sometimes do, contribute to the prevention of violence. Representatives of the mass media attending the symposium believed that workers in the media are aware of this responsibility to a large degree. They agreed with other participants, however, that the effects of the information and entertainment presented in the media are not always easy to assess, and they called for valid mass communications research to study not only the effects of media fare, but also the structure, control, and the operation of the media in relation to the societies which they serve. The need was recognized for educating audiences in the interpretation of what is presented by the media so that better information and entertainment programs could be produced. Participants from developing countries asked for help in producing programing to reflect the culture and values of their countries. (JY)
Descriptors: Adults, Children, Conferences, Developing Nations, Mass Media, Media Research, News Media, Programing (Broadcast), Radio, Responsibility, Television, Violence, World Problems
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Note: Reports and Papers on Mass Communication Number 63