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Mass Media and Politics - Chapter Summary
Monumental changes have taken place in the interplay between the press and public officials with the advent of electronic media. This chapter's instructors will explore that concept, along with tracing other changes in American journalism related to politics. You can learn how the media affects our political attitudes and ways to be on the alert for media bias. Complete the chapter at your own pace using your desktop, laptop or mobile device. Each lesson comes with a short quiz to help you remember the information you study. When you're finished with the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Describe the role of media in elections and government activities
- Differentiate between private and state-controlled media
- Identify rules that govern the media
- Explain how the public's political attitudes are influenced by the media
- Compare types of media bias and criticism
1. 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.
2. Private vs. State-Controlled Media
This lesson will explore the differences between private and state-controlled media. In doing so it will highlight the 1st Amendment as well as the concept of propaganda.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
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