Believing is seeing: The co-construction of everyday myths in the media about college drinking

Linda Lederman, Joshua B. Lederman, Robert D. Kully

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Abstract

This article argues that ordinary and mundane everyday life myths are the products of co-constructed meanings. It examines how images that students garner from the media may shape their views of everyday experiences in subtle and often pervasive ways. The myth of dangerous college drinking as a pervasive social norm is examined as a case in point. Despite the reality that most college students do not drink dangerously, news reports, media images, and extraordinary experiences converge to create a misperception of drinking as the norm. This article uses a classical metaphor of image and reality to discuss these issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)130-136
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Behavioral Scientist
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Co-construction of reality
  • College drinking
  • Experiential learning
  • Media literacy
  • Plato's Allegory of the Cave

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Believing is seeing : The co-construction of everyday myths in the media about college drinking. / Lederman, Linda; Lederman, Joshua B.; Kully, Robert D.

In: American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 48, No. 1, 09.2004, p. 130-136.

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