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Ch 13: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics

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Use our short and entertaining video lessons to examine the roles of media and culture in the American political system. Take a look at the development of the mass media in the U.S. as well as the factors that affect public opinion.

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

This chapter's video lessons discuss the media and political culture in the United States. Our professional instructors will refresh your knowledge of the history of mass media and journalism in the nation, and may teach you something new about how the media affects political attitudes among the public.

In addition, you'll explore the multiple factors that shape American political culture. After completing the lessons in this chapter, you should also be able to:

  • Identify the types of media sources Americans use
  • Describe the types of media bias
  • Understand the media's role in governmental and political activities
  • Discuss the rules and regulations that govern the media
  • Explain what public opinion is and how it's measured
  • Describe the relationship between public opinion and political culture
  • Analyze how opinion leaders impact public perceptions of issues
  • Identify the sources of Americans' political frames of reference
  • Define political socialization

There are multiple ways you can use our lessons to strengthen your knowledge of U.S. media and political culture. Use the video timelines to go back and review key points without having to rewatch entire videos. Study the lesson transcripts and be sure to check out the highlighted terms and concepts. Once you've studied, take the lessons' multiple-choice quizzes to check your comprehension of the material.

13 Lessons in Chapter 13: Media & Culture in U.S. Politics
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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.

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.

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