Learning to Hate Americans: How U.S. Media Shape Negative Attitudes Among Teenagers in Twelve Countries
By Melvin L. DeFleur and Margaret H. DeFleur, professors of mass communication, Boston University
When Professors Melvin L. and Margaret H. DeFleur of Boston University asked their foreign graduate students to conduct surveys of more than 1,300 teenagers in their 12 home countries, they expected to find distorted views of Americans. But the results even shocked them. Teenagers around the world believe Americans are extremely violent and criminally inclined, and they believe American women are sexually immoral. The DeFleurs place most of the blame for these negative attitudes on U.S. mass media, especially Hollywood. The DeFleurs warn that unless something is done to correct the problem, future generations of foreign teenagers will grow up "learning to hate Americans."
" ... superbly presented, well-reasoned and highly recommended..." --Midwest Book Review (Click picture for the full review)
128 pages / paperback / 6 x 9 format / fall 2003 / $29.95 / Includes CIP Data / ISBN: 0-922993-05-X