Self Versus Others: Media, Messages, and the Third-Person Effect

Self Versus Others: Media, Messages, and the Third-Person Effect

by Julie L. Andsager, H. Allen White
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0805857168

ISBN-13: 9780805857160

Pub. Date: 03/01/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Self Versus Others explores the third-person effect and its role in media as a means of persuasion. This scholarly work synthesizes more than two decades of research on the third-person effect, the process in which individuals do not perceive themselves to be impacted by particular messages—such as persuaded to engage in risky behaviors or encouraged

Overview

Self Versus Others explores the third-person effect and its role in media as a means of persuasion. This scholarly work synthesizes more than two decades of research on the third-person effect, the process in which individuals do not perceive themselves to be impacted by particular messages—such as persuaded to engage in risky behaviors or encouraged to be violent—but they believe others will be. Authors Julie L. Andsager and H. Allen White focus their analysis specifically on the role of media and media messages, and assert that the third-person effect functions as a means of persuasion. They explore the underlying concepts and connections this effect shares with established theories of persuasion and mediated communication.

The only volume to date focusing on the topic, Self Versus Others demonstrates the significant impact persuasion has on public opinion, behavior, and policy. As such, understanding the means through which persuasion can be accomplished thereby provides a powerful tool. Timely and succinct, this book:
*provides thorough synthesis of third-person effect literature;
*argues that systematic versus heuristic processing underlies third-person perceptions; and
*conceptually links third-person effects with co-orientation.

Intended for communication scholars with an interest in persuasion, as well as those in key areas including mass communication, health communication, and political communication, this book is also appropriate for advanced courses in persuasion, communication theory, and campaigns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805857160
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Routledge Communication Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
The Third-Person Effect     1
Receiver Variables     12
Message Variables     31
Source and Channel Variables     48
The First-Person Effect as Persuasion     60
Defining the Others     78
Systematic Versus Heuristic Processing     102
Understanding the Third-Person Effect as a Special Context for Persuasion     118
References     135
Author Index     147
Subject Index     151

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