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« on: November 23, 2012, 09:22:37 AM »

A study in the context of Brazilian TV demonstrated the link between the increase of divorces after liberal-themed soap-operas started being broadcasted in areas where they were not available before.

http://www.iadb.org/en/research-and-data/publication-details,3169.html?displaytype&pub_id=WP-651

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This paper studies the link between television and divorce in Brazil by exploiting variation in the timing of availability of the signal of Rede Globo—the network that had a virtual monopoly on telenovelas in the country—across municipal areas. Using three rounds of Census data (1970, 1980 and 1991) and controlling for area fixed effects and for time-varying characteristics, the paper finds that the share of women who are separated or divorced increases significantly after the Globo signal becomes available. The effect is robust to controlling for potential determinants of Globo’s entry strategy and is stronger for relatively smaller areas, where the signal reaches a higher fraction of the population.
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La Ferrara, Eliana
Published: January 2009
Language: English


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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2012, 09:34:53 AM »

A study in the context of Brazilian TV demonstrated the link between the increase of divorces after liberal-themed soap-operas started being broadcasted in areas where they were not available before.

http://www.iadb.org/en/research-and-data/publication-details,3169.html?displaytype&pub_id=WP-651

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This paper studies the link between television and divorce in Brazil by exploiting variation in the timing of availability of the signal of Rede Globo—the network that had a virtual monopoly on telenovelas in the country—across municipal areas. Using three rounds of Census data (1970, 1980 and 1991) and controlling for area fixed effects and for time-varying characteristics, the paper finds that the share of women who are separated or divorced increases significantly after the Globo signal becomes available. The effect is robust to controlling for potential determinants of Globo’s entry strategy and is stronger for relatively smaller areas, where the signal reaches a higher fraction of the population.
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Chong, Alberto
La Ferrara, Eliana
Published: January 2009
Language: English




I noticed how in American television, how divorce is seen/used as a plot resolution, where pre-1970 such a thing is almost unheard of.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2012, 09:54:59 AM »

Correlation does not imply causation.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2012, 10:04:59 AM »

How has the socio-economic situation in those area changed in the same time period?
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2012, 10:41:49 AM »

They say they have established controls for that. Would have to study the whole paper to examine that.

Correlation does not imply causation.
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2012, 10:42:37 AM »

They say one of the controls was to counter that influence. Again, would have to examine the whole paper in more detail.

How has the socio-economic situation in those area changed in the same time period?
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« Reply #6 on: November 23, 2012, 10:48:25 AM »

I'd say it's very plausible. Merchandise on movies and TV works for everything else, why wouldn't it work for "social" causes?

Plus, there is an entire area of study in marketing called "Social Marketing" and "Agenda-Setting Theory" that aims precisely at that. Because the people who promote divorce sincerely think they are doing something noble, I don't see why that would be even unexpected.
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« Reply #7 on: November 23, 2012, 10:57:46 AM »

I'd say it's very plausible. Merchandise on movies and TV works for everything else, why wouldn't it work for "social" causes?

Plus, there is an entire area of study in marketing called "Social Marketing" and "Agenda-Setting Theory" that aims precisely at that. Because the people who promote divorce sincerely think they are doing something noble, I don't see why that would be even unexpected.
It has been working for same sex "marriage."
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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2012, 11:02:22 AM »

I'd say it's very plausible. Merchandise on movies and TV works for everything else, why wouldn't it work for "social" causes?

Plus, there is an entire area of study in marketing called "Social Marketing" and "Agenda-Setting Theory" that aims precisely at that. Because the people who promote divorce sincerely think they are doing something noble, I don't see why that would be even unexpected.
It has been working for same sex "marriage."

Indeed. From the 60s one "social marketing" has become self-aware, in the sense that people who had always been doing it started studying it in academy and therefore became able to improve their own performance having a theory to guide them. This is not all, but it is  significant part of the explanation of the why the left experienced its rise to hegemony in the end of the 20th century.
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« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2012, 11:04:19 AM »

And as for why this is in the Religious topics forum, I think this is deeply connected to the theology of icons and the stages of sin that we discussed in another thread. It's all about how images and sounds first impress our minds and then form our character and destiny. Also, we learn that what is depicted in images is somehow really present (as per the Divine Light in icons), which should lead us to consider how what we usually watch is *really* present.
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« Reply #10 on: November 23, 2012, 06:19:44 PM »

No one reads Flaubert anymore.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2012, 06:24:57 PM »

And as for why this is in the Religious topics forum, I think this is deeply connected to the theology of icons and the stages of sin that we discussed in another thread. It's all about how images and sounds first impress our minds and then form our character and destiny. Also, we learn that what is depicted in images is somehow really present (as per the Divine Light in icons), which should lead us to consider how what we usually watch is *really* present.

Interesting comment.
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2012, 06:43:19 PM »

Can't really blame them, I mean, liberals don't take anything sacred or special. Why should marriage be any different? I am admitting this when I myself am a self-proclaimed liberal. And because they do not value anything, they see no reason to work at anything or try to resolve their problems to reserve what they have--because they do not value what they have in the first place. They'll take the easy way out and just end it or run away from the problem, hence divorce. Divorce should always be a last option, and these weirdo new divorcees give genuine divorcees (like Isa) who truly attempted everything to save their marriage a bad name.
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2012, 06:54:26 PM »

I noticed how in American television, how divorce is seen/used as a plot resolution, where pre-1970 such a thing is almost unheard of.

I can remember when Murphy Brown becoming a single mother was such a huge deal.
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And as for why this is in the Religious topics forum, I think this is deeply connected to the theology of icons and the stages of sin that we discussed in another thread. It's all about how images and sounds first impress our minds and then form our character and destiny. Also, we learn that what is depicted in images is somehow really present (as per the Divine Light in icons), which should lead us to consider how what we usually watch is *really* present.

Deep.  I love it!
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« Reply #15 on: November 23, 2012, 10:07:36 PM »

A study in the context of Brazilian TV demonstrated the link between the increase of divorces after liberal-themed soap-operas started being broadcasted in areas where they were not available before.

http://www.iadb.org/en/research-and-data/publication-details,3169.html?displaytype&pub_id=WP-651

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This paper studies the link between television and divorce in Brazil by exploiting variation in the timing of availability of the signal of Rede Globo—the network that had a virtual monopoly on telenovelas in the country—across municipal areas. Using three rounds of Census data (1970, 1980 and 1991) and controlling for area fixed effects and for time-varying characteristics, the paper finds that the share of women who are separated or divorced increases significantly after the Globo signal becomes available. The effect is robust to controlling for potential determinants of Globo’s entry strategy and is stronger for relatively smaller areas, where the signal reaches a higher fraction of the population.
Author (s):

Chong, Alberto
La Ferrara, Eliana
Published: January 2009
Language: English




I stand on firm footing saying "I believe that TV causes more divorces".

I personally know of a man (a good friend) who is going through a horrible divorce with his wife of 35 years! (Lord have mercy!)  He told me the #1 reason for this was the television!
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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2012, 05:52:28 AM »

Video games have served as the best form of marriage counseling, yesh.

Particularly a few rounds of Mortal Kombat ending in a Fatality.

It's the kind of foundation strong relationships are made out of.
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« Reply #17 on: November 24, 2012, 06:07:24 AM »

Divorce is just another means of transferring fiat currency from non-producers to producers.  Women without honour can now divorce based on BS reasons (I wasn't haaaaaaapy) and receive cash and prizes.  Divorce is no longer treated as breaking a fell oath before God.  It's another money making scheme.  

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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2012, 06:07:52 AM »

A study in the context of Brazilian TV demonstrated the link between the increase of divorces after liberal-themed soap-operas started being broadcasted in areas where they were not available before.

http://www.iadb.org/en/research-and-data/publication-details,3169.html?displaytype&pub_id=WP-651

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This paper studies the link between television and divorce in Brazil by exploiting variation in the timing of availability of the signal of Rede Globo—the network that had a virtual monopoly on telenovelas in the country—across municipal areas. Using three rounds of Census data (1970, 1980 and 1991) and controlling for area fixed effects and for time-varying characteristics, the paper finds that the share of women who are separated or divorced increases significantly after the Globo signal becomes available. The effect is robust to controlling for potential determinants of Globo’s entry strategy and is stronger for relatively smaller areas, where the signal reaches a higher fraction of the population.
Author (s):

Chong, Alberto
La Ferrara, Eliana
Published: January 2009
Language: English




I figured this out about 6 months after I was married.  Thats why soap operas went away in our house.
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« Reply #19 on: November 24, 2012, 06:10:27 AM »

Divorce is just another means of transferring fiat currency from non-producers to producers.  Women without honour can now divorce based on BS reasons (I wasn't haaaaaaapy) and receive cash and prizes.  Divorce is no longer treated as breaking a fell oath before God.  It's another money making scheme.  

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« Reply #20 on: November 24, 2012, 07:38:28 AM »

I  do believe all that is true about icons is also true about other kinds of images. That's why I don't have a TV and thanks God for my poor internet service at home so I don't spend too much time on youtube. Sometimes I think that the fasting of images and sounds is the most important one in our times.
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