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CHAPTER 3 - The Media as Entertainment Roles of the Media...

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The Media as Entertainment
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Roles of the Media Inform Enlighten Delight Aggravate Enrage Encourage
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Industrial Revolution Late 18 th & early 19 th centuries (1700s & 1800s) Huge changes in all aspects of society (transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, education) Economies changed from manual labor-based to technologically based Technology made work much more efficient, thereby giving workers time & more money (Henry Ford) Relaxation now possible; media there to fill void
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Media Negatives & Positives Negatives Media supply a tasteless product with little redeeming social value Media waste opportunities to enlighten & enrich Positives An outlet for relaxation & relief of stress Entertainment only one aspect; balances the other functions
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Old & New Media Once just traditional media (newspapers, books, magazines, films, radio, television) Now competing with new media (computers, videogames, iPods, cell phones) Media convergence now the norm
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Newspapers as Entertainment Most novel product of the printing press Early colonial papers provided little entertainment Literacy levels in the North were high, thus leading to cradle of American journalism
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Benjamin Harris Understood the premise of entertaining as well as informing Gets credit for the first attempt at a newspaper, Publick Occurrences, Both Forreign and Domestick Included stories about lustful royalty & bloodthirsty natives Audience loved it; authorities did not; shut down after first issue
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James Franklin Brother of Benjamin Franklin, who was an apprentice to James His New England Courant similar to papers in England; exciting & relevant Included best writers of his day (James Fennimore Cooper), making it popular with the audience Lasted only five years
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Silence Dogood
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