The Hunger Games series explores a society where reality television has pushed the limits on the human condition. How far is this from our own society? Laci explores the effects of "reality" on television.

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The Influence of Media Violence on Youth
"Research on violent television and films, video games, and music reveals unequivocal evidence that media violence increases the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior in both immediate and long-term contexts."

Does Reality Backbite? Physical, Verbal, and Relational Aggression in Reality Television Programs
"Aggression portrated realistically is more likely to be imitated than non-realistic aggression. However, despite its ultimate claim to reality, the portrayal of aggression in reality television programs has rarely been examined."

Real To Me: Girls and Reality TV
"Reality TV has become staple entertainment for young people and adults alike. In our survey of more than 1,100 girls around the country, we found that most popular genres of reality TV are competition (American Idol, Project Runway, etc.) and real life (Jersey Shore, The Hills, etc.)."

Reality Show Viewers Are More Neurotic, Have Lower Self-Esteem, Study Finds
"People who watch non-competition reality shows are more extroverted, neurotic and have a lower self-esteem, according to a new study."

Study: Reality TV Is Making Us Meaner and Meaner as a Culture
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Q&A with Hunger Games Author Suzanne Collins
"Six years ago, a savvy audience of teachers and kids fell for the Underland Chronicles, a Wonderland-like series about a boy named Gregor who discovers a magical universe underneath New York City. Now the rest of the world has caught on to Suzanne Collins's captivating storytelling, devouring her dystopian Hunger Games trilogy."

Reality Television
"The Hunger Games are reality television squared. With rippling walls of fire and swarms of deadly mutant hornets, the trials in the arena are kind of like Panem's version of Survivor - but deadlier. Contestants are forced to fight each other to the death in front of the cameras while the events are televised all over the country of Panem as sport."

Is Reality TV Desensitizing Americans? Prof. Jonathan Nichols-Pethick Discusses Iraqi Prisoner Abuse on MSNBC
"Reality television, which we often associate with this coarsening of television, is part of a larger media environment that capitalizes on the routine documentation of all sorts of behaviors, from humiliation... in terms of scandalous behavior and even tragic behavior," said Jonathan Nichols-Pethick, instructor of communication arts and sciences at DePauw University..."

San Diego Union-Tribune Story on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse Quotes Two Communication Professors
"Kevin Howley, a communications professor at DePauw University in Indiana, said 'shame, humiliation and the admission of failure' are all part of contemporary popular culture, especially reality shows."

Q&A: Iraq prison abuse scandal
"The Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal has haunted the US mission in Iraq and cast a shadow over US President George W Bush's 'global war on terrorism'.
What are the main features of the scandal?"

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