The general public in the United States have easy access to mass media in the form of the television, internet as well as through external sources. While on one hand the easy access to media is beneficial for the general public when it comes to accessing daily news and information, it can have its negative effects as well, especially when the media is playing a strong role in spreading violence and terror in the public.
In order to achieve sensationalism and provide exclusive coverage, the media presents the public with extensive exposure of terror infusing footage. The recent such exposures on part of the media pertain to the coverage of the swine flu (Zuwarik, 2009), the propaganda based coverage of the September 9/11 as well as other terrorist attacks. Such footages while being information and eye opening for the public, also greatly contributes to creating fear, chaos and amongst the viewers (Ethiraj, 2008).