Sociologist Dr. David Altheide joins the program to discuss how the mass media uses the politics of fear to further the agenda of their constituents.
Social control is the process through which social groups maintain and reinforce norms, values, and behaviors within a population. The mechanisms through which this control is exerted vary, from informal social pressure to formal laws and sanctions. Altheide has focused his research on how the media intersects with the mechanism of social control.
Altheide is the inspiration for the character "Professor Hoffman" in the Michael Chrichton novel, State of Fear. In it, Professor Hoffman illustrates the media's "discourse of fear" using Altheide's ethnographic content analysis method.
Dr. David Altheide's Biography
Dr. David Altheide is a sociologist and Emeritus Regents' Professor in the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at Arizona State University. His work over 3 decades focuses on the areas of: