Lec 6 - Comparing Media Systems

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Comparing Media Systems
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Discussion Questions Marshall McLuhan famously argued that the “medium is the message”—meaning that the type of media determines the kind of messages that can be relayed. In this vein, Postman has argued that the ascendance of TV as the dominant media has lead modern society to “amuse itself to death” because the medium does not lend itself well to more in-depth political discussion. Is the medium of TV the culprit or the way that it is utilized? Why is it that TV has such a different impact on political participation than newspaper reading? How will new forms of media also change the nature of public engagement?
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Sociological: Media Bias Is it acceptable to think of news organizations as active and independent actors, or do they simply play a passive role as a mechanisms of public record? To what extent do news organizations have a political “bias”? Do the political views of individual journalists and
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