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Ch 25: AEPA: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics

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Check out this chapter to gauge your familiarity with media issues and political culture in the U.S. The engaging lessons target key content that's going to be included on your AEPA Political Science/ American Government subject test.

AEPA: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics - Chapter Summary

Refresh your memory on the different sources used for media information in the U.S. as well as the major types of media bias. You'll also find that the lessons prepare you for any AEPA Political Science/ American Government exam items that concern:

  • Regulations that need to be followed by the media
  • The evolution of mass media and journalism in the U.S.
  • Key components of American political culture
  • Different functions of media in elections
  • How public opinion is measured
  • The role of opinion leaders

Check out each of the brief video lessons in this chapter on a computer or some kind of handheld device. You can quickly assess your comprehension of the major points in the chapter with each lesson's short practice quiz.

AEPA: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics - Chapter Objectives

The AEPA Political Science/American Government test is interested with determining how prepared you are for teaching the subject matter in Arizona based on your demonstrated expertise. The subarea of the exam that generates questions dealing with this chapter overall accounts for about 60% of the test. The questions will all have a multiple-choice makeup.

13 Lessons in Chapter 25: AEPA: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline

1. Development of the Mass Media & Journalism in the United States: History & Timeline

The mass media includes print media, broadcast media, social media and other types of communication. This lesson explores the development of the mass media in the United States and its role in the American political process.

American Media Information Sources: Definition & Types

2. American Media Information Sources: Definition & Types

Americans use many different sources of media to gain information about the government. This lesson explores American media information sources throughout history and looks at the influence of old and new media.

Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes

3. Media's Influence on the Public's Political Attitudes

Most people make their political decisions based on impressions gained from the media. This lesson assesses the effect of media, especially newer forms of media, on the public's political attitudes.

Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples

4. Media Bias & Criticism: Definition, Types & Examples

Media bias occurs when a media outlet reports a news story in a partial or prejudiced manner. There are many different types of media bias. This lesson takes a look at the most common types of media bias.

The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities

5. The Role of Media in Elections & Other Government Activities

The media play several important roles in the campaign and election processes. This lesson examines the media's function in presidential campaigns and elections and other government activities.

Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples

6. Rules Governing the Media: Definition & Examples

The First Amendment guarantees freedom of the press, but the government still regulates the media in many ways. This lesson examines the laws, rules and regulations that govern various media outlets.

What is Public Opinion?

7. What is Public Opinion?

Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the concept of public opinion and explores influences on public opinion.

The Measurement of Public Opinion

8. The Measurement of Public Opinion

Public opinion is an expression of the general population's thoughts on a particular political issue. This lesson discusses the measurement of public opinion, including the development and use of opinion polling.

The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

9. The Relationship Between Political Culture and Public Opinion

Politicians are always trying to take the pulse of public opinion, either to follow it or to try to change it. In this lesson, you'll learn about public opinion and its relation to political culture. A short quiz follows.

Opinion Leaders: Who Are They & Why Do They Matter?

10. Opinion Leaders: Who Are They & Why Do They Matter?

The following lesson will discuss how individuals known as opinion leaders shape the public's perceptions on complex issues, such as politics. There will be a short quiz following the lesson to check your understanding.

What is American Political Culture?

11. What is American Political Culture?

The American political culture is a system of shared political traditions, customs, beliefs and values. This lesson discusses the characteristics of America's political culture and the factors that help shape it.

Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System

12. Frames of Reference: How America Views the Political System

Americans use a unique frame of reference to perceive and evaluate our political system. This lesson explores five common beliefs Americans hold about the American political system.

What is Political Socialization?

13. What is Political Socialization?

Political socialization is the process by which people form their ideas about politics. This lesson explains political socialization and discusses the means through which Americans form their political values.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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