Discuss the effects of the narcotizing dysfunction on social behavior in the aftermath of the recent war in Iraq.

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Paul Lazarfeld’s narcotizing dysfunction theory says that the more media coverage there is of a certain event, the less people feel inclined to act with respect to that event.

Looking specifically at Iraq, I’m not sure it is accurate to say that there was a significant narcotic effect caused by the media coverage of the war. We have to look at American attitudes about the Iraqi conflict in the aftermath of 9-11. When Bush called for military action in the days after the attacks, he was generally cheered on by whoever he was talking to. He was also supported politically by both major parties. It’s easy to understand why, given the scope of the tragedy.

Nevertheless, we also have to look at how events unfolded following the initial groundswell of...

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