Media Lecture Notes

Media Lecture Notes - Introduction to American Government...

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Introduction to American Government Dr. Rebecca Britton MEDIA President John F. Kennedy: The media’s role is central to the principles upon which our democracy rests by facilitating the free flow of ideas open debate and criticism an informed citizenry While access to govt. has never been easier, the American electorate is still relatively  poorly informed and inactive. Recap : sceptics say the people are to blame for the failings of our democracy; elitists say a significant portion of the electorate is unfit, but our democracy still works; defenders of the rational public say the public is fit for self-rule. Political parties and interest groups have also been discussed as a linking mechanism for representation. Where does the Media fit in the equation? Media = newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, film, books, music, internet A. Ideally, the function of Media is to transmit information to the public for two purposes: 1) watchdog - exposing corruption, deceit, and unkept promises of government officials if media performs this function, the public is better equipped to vote retrospectively, holding government officials accountable for their conduct 2) election mediator/coalition builder - acting as a channel for communication by which candidates can reach voters, communicating their policy platforms can provide information necessary for voters to reach decisions about which candidates and party platforms they support this contributes to a public consensus and the achievement of a mandate.
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Introduction to American Government Dr. Rebecca Britton B. Media influence There is little consensus among scholars about the relationships that exist between 1) the actions of the press, 2) public opinion, 3) and policy Most observers agree, however, that political situations are "mass-mediated ", meaning the people's perspective of political reality is a media-presented reality.
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