Media effect revealed in new research

Media does not reflect reality, said 74.4 percent of people in Turkey, and only 15.4 percent of people have confidence in Turkish media, according to a recent survey.

Media does not reflect reality, said 74.4 percent of people in Turkey, and only 15.4 percent of people have confidence in Turkish media, according to a recent survey.

The survey from the Culture and Tourism Ministry’s film and TV authority and SETA Corporation examined the effect of media on culture policies by polling 2,227 people.

The research explored what Turkish society thinks about television programs and series. A total of 39.2 percent of those polled watched television two hours per day and 26.5 percent watched more than four hours each day.

While 33.1 percent think television programs reflect the cultural heritage of Turkey, 54 percent think TV programs do not do enough to reflect the richness of cultural heritage. The research revealed role models in TV series drive society to more violent acts.

The Culture and Tourism Ministry placed enough value on preserving cultural heritage, 41.6 percent of those surveyed said. On the other hand, 65.9 percent thought the ministry should increase its budget to preserve and renovate cultural heritage areas in Turkey, the poll revealed.

A total of 50.2 percent of the participants were women and 49.8 percent were men.

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