Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies
Journalism and Media Studies
First Committee Member
Anthony J. Ferri, Chair
Second Committee Member
Lawrence J. Mullen
Third Committee Member
Gary W. Larson
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
This study analyzed mediated violent content as seen on the FOX television program 24. The study covered a seven year period, or six seasons, of 24 , with a sample set of 43 episodes and 445 individual acts ofviolence. Three research questions guided this study. The first research question sought to determine if a relation exists between heroic characters inflicting torturous violence and justifying the act with a national security imperative. The second research question examined the prevailing mode of violence and the use of nonlethal and lethal weapons. The third research question examined the portrayed efficiency of violence on24. Findings suggest that while torture is rarely the intent and rarely justified with a national security imperative, 24 is nonetheless very violent, generally portraying violence as physical, involving the use of lethal weapons, intentionally gratuitous, and most often efficient.
Heroes on television; Questioning; Terrorism on television; Torture; Violence on television
Communication | Film and Media Studies | Journalism Studies | Mass Communication | Television
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sears, Michael D., "Torturing terrorists for national security imperatives: Mediated violence on "24"" (2009). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1183.
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