Military spouses' relationship with media during Operation Iraqi Freedom

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Show simple item record Kohler, Alison 2008-05-12T18:26:03Z 2008-05-12T18:26:03Z 2008-05-12T18:26:03Z
dc.description.abstract Military spouses have a complex relationship with news coverage of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the 2003 Iraq War. Utilizing uses and gratifications, hostile media perception, and cognitive dissonance perspectives as a basis, the researcher studied military spouses' media behaviors, perceived benefits of media usage, and whether hostile media perception and cognitive dissonance were present in this convenience sample of military spouses. Thirty military spouses participated in in-depth interviews. The results showed a desire for more positive news stories and less negative news stories about Operation Iraqi Freedom. Hostile media perception and cognitive dissonance responses were noted among participants–especially with regard to the media's tracking totals of soldier and civilian casualties. Military spouses in this sample found military news sources more credible than civilian news sources. They also described using news coverage for the purposes of gaining information, surveillance, political competency and empathy. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Military spouses en
dc.subject News media en
dc.subject Iraq War en
dc.subject Uses and gratifications en
dc.subject Hostile media perception en
dc.subject Cognitive dissonance theory en
dc.subject Army en
dc.subject 2003 en
dc.title Military spouses' relationship with media during Operation Iraqi Freedom en
dc.type Thesis en Master of Science en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Journalism and Mass Communications en
dc.description.advisor Joye C. Gordon en
dc.subject.umi Journalism (0391) en
dc.subject.umi Mass Communications (0708) en 2008 en May en

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