February 28th 2008 - February 28th 2008 Polisci 100 Media...

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February 28 th 2008 Polisci 100 Media and Democracy People are competent to be the governors in society – popular democracy (its main assumption). 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 it? I. Definition 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. II. Historical Origins Ancient and Modern ideas of communication Ancient: - 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 political realm. - 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? -
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This note was uploaded on 08/03/2011 for the course HIST 102 taught by Professor Johnroosa during the Spring '08 term at The University of British Columbia.

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