Final Exam Review Sheet
Your final exam will be on Monday, May 7th at 4:30 p.m. During the exam you will be
asked to answer six identifications and five short essay questions—all of which will be
taken directly from the list of questions below. In studying for this exam, try to construct
answers that are multi-dimensional, taking into account the various layers of meaning
that we have discussed in this class (i.e. aesthetic, narrative structural, ideological, etc.).
Your answers should reflect a thorough understanding of lecture, reading, and screening
materials and you should be able to incorporate specifics from these sources, instead of
just speaking generally about the topics, since you have a week to prepare your answers.
A list of all of the screenings for the second half of class will go up by Friday afternoon
on blackboard. Good luck!
1. Why is it important for us to be aware of media regulation? Give your
thoughts regarding whether or not the current media landscape of horizontal and
vertically integrated media conglomerates "serve the public interest". In your
answer make sure to address and explain how our present moment was made
possible by outlining the history, impact and significance of the following: PTAR,
FynSyn, Ronald Reagan's presidency and the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Reference the lecture and/or readings to support your answer.
Definition of media regulation:
rules, guidelines and organizations that deal
with problems surrounding television content and the network environment. Over
time, media regulation has established and withheld certain limitations regarding
different areas of the television experience. Media regulations are an innate part
of both past and present television history.
Media regulation is a lot more than deciding the consequences of
Janet Jackson’s peep show, we now have to take into account that so
much of what we watch, though it seems diverse, comes from the same
set of corporate minds and bodies sometimes limiting or expanding
what we find on TV.
Media regulations were meant to serve the public interest and they
Over time, media regulations have affected the quality and quantity of our
television experience. They have defined when, where, how, and why we
participate in the television landscape. The media regulations seem normal to us
now, but were not always so well accepted.
The Federal Communications Committee
was initially formed as a government
agency that would set the terms and rules of network service and television
As TV grew in popularity, the three major stations, ABC, NBC, and CBS,