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2) Use cultivation theory as a framework to discuss one of the following norms:
 

  • The posh world syndrome, implied by economist Juliet Schor, in which people exaggerate the average person’s standard of living because of exposure to television reality, where no one is poor and most people are wealthy.
  • The cultivation of consumerism. Michael Schudson and others have written about the social effects of advertising, which paints consumption as the dominant activity of daily living.
  • The skinny world syndrome. Julia Wood and others contend that distorted body images among young girls can be correlated with exposure to fashion magazines and heavy television viewing.
  • The just world syndrome. Markus Appel suggests that viewing televised, fictional narratives repeatedly creates a belief that the world is a just and fair place. See the Further Resources section for citation.
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