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Ch 3: History & Culture of Mass Communication

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History & Culture of Mass Communication - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll find lessons written by professional instructors on the history and culture of mass communication. Some of the topics covered include WWII propaganda, the history of mass media and journalism in the U.S. and media literacy. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz to help you check your understanding of the concepts covered. The Dashboard offers a handy way to keep tabs on your progress through the chapter and submit any questions that come up to our instructors. These lessons are designed to help you achieve the following goals:

  • Detail the timeline and history of the development of journalism and mass media in the U.S.
  • Outline intellectual and cultural trends between WWI and WWII
  • Discuss the radio and film propaganda of WWII
  • Explain mass media in the United States in the 1950s
  • Identify the role of social and cultural views in media
  • Define media literacy and explain its importance
  • Describe the impact of mass media on modern society

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: History & Culture of Mass Communication
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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.

Cultural & Intellectual Trends Between WWI & WWII

2. Cultural & Intellectual Trends Between WWI & WWII

In this lesson, we will explore the cultural and intellectual trends during the interwar period. Specifically, we will focus on the role of mass communication, as well as social and artistic trends during this time.

World War II Propaganda: Radio & Film

3. World War II Propaganda: Radio & Film

In this lesson, you will learn about the way that the axis powers and allies used radio and film to make propaganda during WWII. First, you will learn about some of the most infamous radio propaganda, and then you will learn about the ways that film was used.

Mass Media in the U.S. in the 1950s

4. Mass Media in the U.S. in the 1950s

The ways in which people got information changed dramatically during the 1950s. While no technology would be completely doomed, this lesson shows how the seeds were planted for a revolution in media in the decades to come.

The Role of Social & Cultural Views in Media

5. The Role of Social & Cultural Views in Media

In this lesson we identity the three results of media messages on society: public participation, engagement, democracy. We examine one media form, the Internet, against multiple traditional forms of text which range from books to magazines, or newspapers.

What is Media Literacy? - Definition, Importance & Examples

6. What is Media Literacy? - Definition, Importance & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore the role and purpose of media literacy in society in history and today. Examples of media, mass media communications and media literacy will be explained and evaluated in order to form an understanding of why media literacy is critically important for the 21st century.

Impact of Mass Media on Modern Society

7. Impact of Mass Media on Modern Society

What types of mass media do you use for entertainment and to gather information? Learn how American media habits have changed and what this has meant for our society and culture.

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