Wednesday, May 13, 2009

violence and the media

This is not exactly what you're going to expect given the title (at least, not what I would expect:  a rant against violent video games or some such...).

But a recent post by Alex de Waal reveals that
The analysis of media coverage of Darfur during and after the height of hostilities in 2003-04 finds that there is a striking inverse correlation between violence and media coverage – as killings decline, coverage increased.
His argument is that
There is good circumstantial evidence that [media coverage] is responsible (in part) for driving down the violence and helping reduce famine mortality.
You can read the whole article here.

1 comment:

Tim Vail said...

The inverse relationship does not prove that coverage causes an decrease in violence. It is entirely possible that coverage is barred during the worst moment of those crisis. So as violence increases, media is pushed aside, or barred from talking about it.