Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Don't Let the Girls Play: Gender Representation in Videogame Journalism and the Influence of Hegemonic Masculinity, Media Filters, and Message Mediation
by Fisher, Howard D., Ph.D., Ohio University, 2012, 284; 10631061
Abstract (Summary)

The researcher proposed that videogame magazines and journalists were misrepresenting the full breadth of modern videogame players, specifically women. Based on a foundation of Hegemonic Masculinity, the researcher conducted frame analyses of select magazines and in-depth interviews with select journalists. The researcher used Herman & Chomsky and Shoemaker & Reese as theoretical background and the standards proposed by the Hutchins commission and the Society of Professional Journalists to analyze the frames and interviews. The researcher found that women avatars were either ignored or portrayed as sex objects in the magazines, and that women videogame players were frequently mocked or insulted. Analyses further revealed that videogame journalists subscribe to an Ideology of Anxiety, primarily based on their fear-driven relationship with videogame developers and publishers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Debatin, Bernhard S.
Commitee: Bernt, Joseph, Consalvo, Mia, Duschinski, Haley
School: Ohio University
Department: Journalism - Communication
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-A 78/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Journalism, Ethics, Womens studies, Communication, Mass communications, Gender studies
Keywords: Hegemonic masculinity, Herman and Chomsky, Journalist, Magazine, Video game, Videogame
Publication Number: 10631061
ISBN: 9780355013603
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