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Mercy and Forgiveness

In Ruth Chadwick (ed.), Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (Second Edition). pp. 113-120 (2012)

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  1. The Morality of Television Genres: Norm Violations and Their Narrative Context in Four Popular Genres of Serial Fiction.Helena Bilandzic, Matthias R. Hastall & Freya Sukalla - 2017 - Journal of Media Ethics 32 (2):99-117.
    ABSTRACTIn a quantitative content analysis, social norm violations and their narrative context are analyzed in 225 episodes of 15 television series of four popular television genres. Extending previous studies, the authors’ results indicate that aggressive norm violations are only a fraction of all norm violations, which are dominated by lying/deception, swearing/use of vulgar language, and verbal attacks. The narrative context shows that norm violations are often motivated by egoism, receive low punishment, are rarely forgiven and seldom reflected by the characters; (...)
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