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Lineation Theory

  • By: W. James Potter
  • In: Encyclopedia of Media Violence
  • Edited by: Matthew S. Eastin
  • Subject:Mass Communication, Aggression & Violence, Violence & Society

Lineation theory is a broad theory that provides a big-picture explanation of the mass media phenomenon. It grew out of a major critique of the practices and findings in the large literature of published research about the media. This entry presents a description of lineation theory first. Next, the entry shifts the focus to violence and shows how the theory presents explanations as answers to four major questions that have concerned media violence researchers and policy makers over the years.

Overview of Lineation Theory

Lineation theory integrates constructs and propositions across the entire range of the mass media phenomenon. With its 140 constructs and 56 propositions, it is much broader than other media theories, which typically focus on one type of effect, one type of message, or ...

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