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Zainab Somji 9 weeks exam Content Analysis 12th January 2009 Aim of the study The aim of this study is to observe the different signs and behaviors of aggression in specific news shows. These news shows included: Fox News Sunday, CBS Evening News, and The Situation Room. Thus, each news show was observed for any signs of aggressive behavior. The categories that were observed in each of these shows were those of verbal aggression such as threatening, hitting, cursing, yelling, throwing, pushing, and stabbing. Thus, each category was evaluated by the amount of aggression in each show, and analyzed. Introduction/literature review Aggression, by definition, is behavior that intentionally acquires to cause harm (psychological or physical), pain or any personal injury. It is also known as the cause of pain between two entities of the same species. Thus, the essential aspect of determining aggression is the intention of the doer. Sometimes, accidents occur, such as trying to walking down a narrow aisle and bumping into a person. This is not determined as aggression because the intention was never there. However, although intention is the most important factor, it is extremely hard to determine the intentions of individuals. Thus, the key is to examine and observe the behavior and look for types of behavior that cause harm or pain, by physical or verbal means. ...read more.


For The Situation Room, it was , for CBS there was % reliability and lastly, for FOX, there was % reliability. Analysis: The results show that out of the 3 results that each of in the group got, there was % reliability. Also, the fact that all of us only observed the shooting category and did not see other types of aggression verifies the accuracy. Thus, the impact of the reliability depends on the different shows watched, as to what show and for what purpose it is used. Discussion: The results mean that they are reliable % of the time. In addition, the different categories that were observed were similar, as we all saw shooting as the only factor in the news shows. The results also show, since my data was lowered from 2's and 3's to 1.3 and 2.3, that we had not seen the same amount of aggressive behaviors in total. The results show, in comparison to researchers, that most shows are aggressive in behavior and the types of behavior differs with each show. In comparison to the rest of the class, our results were different compared to other shows. Our data was different, as we did not see other types of aggression besides shooting. ...read more.


1.5 Cursing 0 0 0 0 5.5 0 Yelling 0 0 0 9 8 9 Scratching 0 0 0 0 0 0 Biting 0 0 0 0 0 0 The Office Heroes NCIS Lost Drake and Josh The Suite Life of Zach and Cody Hannah Montana Striking 1 8.7 0 6 3 0 2 Kicking 0 0.33 0 23 0 1 0 Pushing 0 4 0 2 4 0 1 Stabbing 0 9.7 0 1 0 0 0 Shooting 0 2.7 39 0 0 0 0 Throwing 3 3 0 1 0 3 0 Cursing 3 1.2 0.3 1 0 0 0 Yelling 6.5 3.7 2.7 6 7.67 7.67 3 Scratching 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Biting 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 IV. Class Data Graphs (For the graphs below, the x-axis labeled shows are: 1 is Avatar, 2 is Fairly Odd Parents, 3 is Spongebob, 4 is Double Shot at Love, 5 is Celebrity rehab, 6 is Hell's kitchen, 7 is The Situation Room, 8 is CBS Evening News, 9 is Fox News Sunday, 10 is The King of Queens, 11 is Two and a Half Men, 12 is Scrubs, 13 is The Office, 14 is Heroes, 15 is NCIS, 16 is Lost, 17 is Drake and Josh, 18 is The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, and 19 is Hannah Montana.) ...read more.

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