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191FinalReview-1 - Banks CTCS 191 Spring 2007 Final Exam...

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Banks CTCS 191 Spring 2007 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. o 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. o Media regulations were meant to serve the public interest and they have. 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 competition. o As TV grew in popularity, the three major stations, ABC, NBC, and CBS,
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also grew in profit and in size. Fear of oligopoly owning majority of cable network programming and syndication rights.
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