Why We Watch When Disaster Strikes

Umstead, R. Thomas
February 2007
Multichannel News;2/19/2007, Vol. 28 Issue 8, p34
The author reflects on the reasons that urged people to watch violent shows in television. He states that Syracuse University professor of pop culture Robert Thompson and other industry observers said that viewers have an innate fascination in viewing larger than life events that extend well beyond their own lives. He claims that through the shows, people can face their own frailties and sense of helplessness regarding the real-life terror events that is going on in the world.


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