Media and Democracy
People are competent to be the governors in society – popular democracy (its main
This assumes that we have an informed electorate, people who have enough information
to make such decisions as who is fit to lead the public.
This leads us to question of the roles of the media; what’s its role, and does it live up to
The main means of mass communication. It may include, but is not limited to:
newspapers radio and television. How information gets disseminated throughout the
public, in what form (its medium) and those who give it to us (journalists, editors, media
staff, etc.). AS a collective whole, it also includes reporters, journalists, and others
working for organizations engaged in mass communication. Media is the plural of
medium. We often talk about the media as a single now, where it is actually its comprised
of a whole variety of medium.
Types of media
Print Media; books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, mail.
Electronic Media; television, documentaries, news channels.
New Media; internet and the varieties of communication that have arisen through
that medium: blogs, pod casts, you tube.
Public and private media; which sources of information are coming from
government funded and which ones are coming from corporate ownership.
Ancient and Modern ideas of communication
Rhetoricians; persuasive speech. We see Socrates going into the market place
(agora) to engage in conversation. In a way, he is going in to compete; compete
with a different group of teachers in the market place, the rhetoricians. This
people made their living by teaching their students the arts of speech and learning
how to persuade men with their ideas, making their students powerful men in the
Fear of persuasion, manipulation and deception through speech (propaganda);
Does the importance of rhetoric in politics rely on the fact of peoples need to be
persuaded, the need to appeal to their emotions and to be convinced, or is it a
mean of manipulating people and that it is actually one of politics vices?