March 11 Media influence and politics

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Media influence and politics March 11 2008
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Media & Politics: Management and Spectacle Media inextricably linked to politics Elites and the media The role of the audience
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McCarthy Hearings Early example of how medium became the form in which political action took place and transfixed the public in a “witch hunt” Communist elements in the state department
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Vietnam War Displayed in a way that was predominantly unedited Mass mediated war in a raw, unedited way Caused political consequences Highlighted how decision making on foreign policy got made “Consensus vs. dissensus” Media focuses on how politicians agree/disagree Media coverage of the war is politicized
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Ronald Reagan He is a media-itized figure “The great communicator” Portrayed the practice of government as “theatrical” Controlled by the public relations scheme Epitomized “the new media presidency”
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Persian Gulf War 1991 First “simulation” war
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