G-Men Heroes or Deep State Thugs: Hollywood's Historical Representation of the FBI

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January 2019


For most of the 20th Century and now in the 21st Century, the FBI agent is celebrated as a hero and patriot. The agents are frequently used as main or supportive characters that solve crimes and dedicate their careers to seeking justice. The FBI agent is viewed as an apolitical figure. This study uses cultivation theory to analyze the positive correlation between film and TV representation and trust in the FBI.


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