Newspapers as forecasters of the future : future-orientation and regional bias in metropolitan newspaper coverage of computer technology developments from 1950 to 1980

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dc.contributor.advisor Weaver, Marilyn en_US
dc.contributor.author Thomsen, Steven R. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:33:54Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:33:54Z
dc.date.created 1984 en_US
dc.date.issued 1984
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1984 .T46 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/183039
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to determine if metropolitan newspapers from the Southwest, Midwest and Northeast--the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Indianapolis Star and News--have made an attempt to predict future developments in computer technology and warn their readers about what changes in society, work and the home might occur. The study also used the four newspapers to see if any regional biases existed that may have influenced the reporting from 1950 through 1980. In both cases, the author used a content analysis technique to examine the article content. In all, 331 articles were analyzed and a Chi-square test was applied to the results to determine if a significant difference existed in "favorable" or "unfavorable" treatment of high-tech news by each of the newspapers. Little research exists in this area, although some studies have been made in the treatment of general science, political and business news. The author found that the Los Angeles Times printed a significantly higher number of "future-oriented" articles, but none of the papers treated computer technology and automation more favorably, in regard to bias, than the others.
dc.format.extent ii, 93 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Technological innovations -- Social aspects -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Social prediction -- United States. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Journalism -- United States. en_US
dc.title Newspapers as forecasters of the future : future-orientation and regional bias in metropolitan newspaper coverage of computer technology developments from 1950 to 1980 en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/225574 en_US


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