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News Defined:Stephens - CH 1-3 In short, news is what is on society's mind the definition is quite broad, so it does encompass the modern definition of news. Chapter 1 Stephens contends human begin search for news because it is our social sense, our eyes and ears beyonds your own experiences news helps us to see "things" that we cannot sociologists credit human beings interests in the news to our need for accounts of the unobserved with its potential thread and rewards human beings need new to survive, because we must remain aware sociologists studied the effect of the newspaper strike in NY after WWII- he concluded that the news performs some basic social functions The Functions of News : 1.) Provides news of the "serious world of public affairs 2.) Provides pragmatic info 3.) Allows readers to keep up with the lives of people they know only through the news 4.) provides a time filler 5.) Enables people to hold their own in conversations What did the reader miss?
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