The Direful Media Laboratory (DMLab) is a scholarly research endeavor within Sam Houston State University that emphasizes the analysis of illicit media, including the causal factors and societal meanings associated with its diffusion. Members of DMLab include students and faculty from multiple departments including criminology, computer science, and psychology.
What is Direful Media?
The word direful is an archaic word meaning extremely bad or dreadful. We apply the term to media, specifically mass communication tools such as the Internet and social media, to indicate the types of media of which the propagation is not desired and can be harmful. These media can include video, pictures and personal information that can cause personal embarrassment, harassment, and other negative outcomes to individuals.
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