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93951-0205648541_ch06 - The Struggle For Democracy The News...

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The Struggle For Democracy The News Media
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Remember: The word “media” is plural The word medium is singular
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Roles of the Mass Media in Democracy In a democracy, ordinary citizens should control what the government does The public needs good information How well democracy works depends on whether the media do their jobs
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Roles of the Mass Media in Democracy Possible roles Watchdog : The press as protector Just the facts, ma’am First Amendment Clarification : What are our electoral choices? Not always effective spin To present ideas about public policy Are policies working? What are the alternatives?
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The Media Landscape Newspapers From penny press to telegraphed news and large circulation papers = Increasing objectivity and broader circulation Types of newspapers “serious” Niche tabloids
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The Media Landscape Newspapers (con’t) Readership Fewer people rely on daily papers Problem for democracy – Why? Papers remaking themselves in the image of television (e.g., USA Today ) Why is the above a problem?
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The Media Landscape Magazines Journals of opinion = 19 th century Development of weekly news magazines in early 20 th century Widest and most diverse range of news and opinion today
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The Media Landscape Radio: significantly changed the face of the mass media Established during the 1920s
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course PLSI 200 taught by Professor Schendan during the Spring '08 term at S.F. State.

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