Department of Communication Studies
There is water everywhere: How news framing amplifies the effect of ecological worldviews on preference for flooding protection policy
The purpose of this study is to examine the interactive effect of worldviews and media frames on policy preference. Using flooding as a case study, we examine the interplay of ecological worldviews and news framed as either emphasizing harmony with nature or mastery over nature on individuals' preference for flood protection policy. A total of 255 undergraduate students participated in a 2 (ecological worldviews: balance-with-nature vs. human-domination-over-nature) × 2 (media frames: harmony frame vs. mastery frame) between-subjects experiment. The findings indicate that both the balance-with-nature worldview and the human-domination-over-nature worldview have significant impacts on preference for flood protection policy. Furthermore, the harmony frame amplified the effect of the balance-with-nature worldview in supporting a natural approach to flood protection. In contrast, the mastery frame amplified the effect of the human-domination-over-nature worldview on the preference for a structural approach to flood protection. Implications are discussed.
Source Publication Title
Mass Communication and Society
Taylor & Francis
Link to Publisher's Edition
Fung, Kai Fung, Dominique Brossard, and Isabella Ng. "There is water everywhere: How news framing amplifies the effect of ecological worldviews on preference for flooding protection policy." Mass Communication and Society 14.5 (2011): 553-577.