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Peer groups Although peer pressure certainly affects teenagers' lifestyles, it is less evident in  developing their political values. Exceptions are issues that directly affect them, such as  the Vietnam War during the 1960s. Later, if peers are defined in terms of occupation,  then the group does exert an influence on how its members think politically. For  example, professionals such as teachers or bankers often have similar political opinions,  particularly on matters related to their careers.  Mass media Much of our political information comes from the mass media: newspapers, magazines,  radio, television, and the Internet. The amount of time the average American family 
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Unformatted text preview: watches TV makes it the dominant information source, particularly with the expansion of 24-hour all-news cable channels. Not only does television help shape public opinion by providing news and analysis, but its entertainment programming addresses important contemporary issues that are in the political arena, such as drug use, abortion, and crime. The growth of the Internet is also significant; not only do essentially all-news outlets have their own Web sites, but online bloggers present a broad range of political opinion, information, and analysis....
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course POSI 1310 taught by Professor Arnold during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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