Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
John R. Baldwin
This thesis explores the power of the mass media’s ability to cultivate reality in terms of the threat of Islam. A rhetorical analysis of the messages portrayed by the mass media is then compared to the findings of the study. While the study did not find any significant correlation between consumption of media and fear of Muslims, the Qur’an, or Islam, it did find a strong negative correlation between inter-group contact and salience of stereotypes.
Carlson, Shanna J., "Mass Media’s Cultivation Effect on Islamic, Muslim, and Qur’anic Prejudice" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 609.