All illusions are potential ways of ordering reality. The goal of criticism should therefore be not to destroy illusions but to make us more sensitive to their workings and their complexity.
George Gerbner was a a professor of communication and dean at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Known for his research on television content, he developed the concept of cultivation theory, which posits that stories told by a culture shape individuals' values and behaviors. His work on television violence, where he coined the phrase, the "mean world syndrome" was important for many in the media literacy community.