Empathy and the Media

Caring and treating others with kindness is what we all try to teach our children. We try to teach children empathy – to put yourself in other people’s shoes. But what happens when there are reality television shows that involve violence, harsh language and the storyline has the characters fighting only to win for themselves? How does the media portray empathy? On this episode of Media Inside Out, host Sherri Hope Culver and guests Dr. Frank Farley from Temple University, and Jennifer Kotler-Clarke, VP of Content Research & Evaluation at Sesame Workshop, will consider the intended and unintended effects of how the media portrays empathy.

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