American Government - chapter 9

American Government - chapter 9 - o Opinion leaders o...

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Public opinion Public opinion: citizen’s attitudes about political issues, personalities, institutions and events Where does it come from? o Self interest o Socialization o Ideology Socialization: induction of individuals into the political culture; learning the values and beliefs that underlie the political system Agents of socialization o Family o Social group o Political events Ideology: underlying orientations, ideas, and beliefs through which we interpret politics o Liberal: supports political and social reform, governmental intervention in te economy, expansion of social services, more benefits for poor, minorities and women, concern for consumers and environment o Conservative: supports status quo, large government is a threat to liberty, prefer private solutions to problems We interpret political events, proposals ad individuals through the lens of our ideology How are opinions formed? o Knowledge
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Unformatted text preview: o Opinion leaders o Interest groups o Media • Knowledge: o People use shortcuts to cut down the costs of knowledge o Ideology doesn’t always closely align with complex problems o What is wrong with amerians not knowing Interests Corruption Media • Types of media o Broadcast: government regulates the content and ownership o Print: no regulation o Internet: net neutrality becoming an ownership issue • FCC: agency that regulates broadcast media o Obscenity o When things can air (prime time) o Controls media monopolies (not well) o Directed by five Commissioners appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate for 5-year terms o President obama designates one of the commissioners to serve as Chairperson o Only three commissioners may be members of the same political party o None of them can have a financial interest in any Commission-related business o...
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