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Drake 1 Jazmyne Drake Patty Morrissey MEDC Media Communications SU 2017 19 June 2017 Good Night, and Good Luck Since mass media became a “thing”, it has been a pawn in our world that is often used for specific agendas. The film Good Night, and Good Luck dove into the characters of Murrow, a popular journalist and McCarthy, a Senator under Murrow’s radar to use mass media theory in order to make citizens aware of the way the Senator had been accusing and trying all of these people of being Communists or having Communist ties. The film revolves around Murrow’s show See It Again , and him using mass communication to go on air and present facts that the media may not have otherwise presented the public or dove into out of fear for civil unrest. Fear is the one thing that truly empowers the idea of mass society theory. The film Good Night, and Good Luck depicts the effects of mass society theory during the rise of television, as the film’s protagonist Murrow, encouraged journalists to be courageous, even though elites wanted to censor them out of fear. Though mass society theory was most prominent at the end of the nineteenth century, it played a vital role in how media was viewed in the 1950’s and is still influential in present day ( Good Night, and Good Luck ). Where McCarthy and other government officials came from a place of Mass Society Theory, Murrow and CBS were pushing for the agenda of a social responsibility theory. Many of the assumptions of mass media theory powered one side to push for censorship and for control over the masses by picking and choosing what to display, and on the other hand the assumptions were also used as motivation to for the other side to drive media to give society the coverage on the news that they feel they deserve. . In the early
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Drake 2 1950’s, McCarthy attempted to save the nation from Communism by black listing members of the media and government who may have Communist roots. However, many of these people were convicted with little to no evidence. (Baran and Davis 60). This film was also said to be a reflection of the media during President George W. Bush’s “weapons of mass destruction” deal,
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