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Sean Trank 373150 Dr. Greer Com 350 3/17/08 1. What is the problem that Jones identifies regarding attitudes toward television news? Media negatively affect the political process and political culture. The ubiquity of media, its popularity as a central source for popular understanding of politics, and its increasing centrality to the act of governance itself results in media becoming a natural place to look for the ‘‘cause’’ of these ‘‘effects.’’ Robert Putnam’s argument that television is a leading source of civic disengagement is perhaps one of the more popular manifestations of what is known as the ‘‘media malaise’’ thesis. Beyond Putnam, however, are numerous scholarly claims that comprise this thesis, ranging from a focus on media content, to institutional limitations, to media’s supposed detrimental effects on citizens. 2. What are the three assumptions Jones says are flaws in that approach to TV? The first is that the most important sphere of political communication occurs in the interactions
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course COM 350 taught by Professor Greer during the Spring '08 term at Point Loma.

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