Nasilje v medijih

author: Dragan Petrovec, Inštitut za kriminologijo, Pravna fakulteta, Univerza v Ljubljani
published: Jan. 22, 2008,   recorded: December 2007,   views: 3538

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Media violence affects our lives in three ways at least:

  • People accept the examples offered, becoming increasingly violent themselves.
  • People become frightened of being victimised themselves in their real lives.
  • With the increased amounts of violence, people become desensitised to it, failing to react even when violence is happening in their immediate neighbourhoods. The research done proves that Slovenian commercial televisions remain more inclined to broadcasting violent scenes than public RTVs are, which indicates that, in a way, commercial television managers view violence as a well-selling good.

Newspaper reporting remains the example of its own. Their violence reports usually appear in black chronicles, especially in court process coverage. When it comes to Slovenian journalists, the most slippery part is reporting on so called sexual crimes, especially those of the area of paedophilia. Some of these reports contain so plastically described acts that they could flatly be numbered among the chronicles of erotic and pornographic literature – these reporters offer detailed descriptions of the misdeeds of fathers or grandfathers against their young daughters or granddaughters.

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