Ch 2: Models & Theories of Mass Communication

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Models & Theories of Mass Communication - Chapter Summary

Whether you have a beginner's or advanced understanding of the models and theories of mass communication, this chapter can help you gain full comprehension. Study lessons created by top instructors to delve into the linear model of communication, the cultivation theory of mass communication and more. Take the quiz accompanying each lesson to find out how well you understand the concepts covered. Use the Dashboard to track your progress through the lessons and submit any lesson topic questions to our subject-matter experts. Around-the-clock access lets you study whenever your schedule permits. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Detail the history of the Shannon Weaver model of communication
  • Define and discuss the application of the interactive model of communication
  • Provide a description of the sender-method-channel-receiver (SMCR) model of communication
  • Discuss advantages and disadvantage of the Osgood-Schramm model of communication
  • Share the definition of the two-step flow communication model
  • Give an overview of the magic bullet theory of mass communication
  • Describe beliefs regarding the effect the media has on its audience

9 Lessons in Chapter 2: Models & Theories of Mass Communication
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Linear Model of Communication: Definition & Examples

1. Linear Model of Communication: Definition & Examples

The linear communication model is a straight-line approach to delivering a message. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this model and its components and see examples of it in action.

Shannon-Weaver Model of Communication: History, Features & Application

2. Shannon-Weaver Model of Communication: History, Features & Application

The Shannon-Weaver Model of communication started out technical but grew to encompass all forms of communication. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this model and how it works.

Interactive Model of Communication: Definition & Application

3. Interactive Model of Communication: Definition & Application

The interactive model of communication relies on a two-way street of conversation and feedback. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this model, how it works and some places where it exists in daily life.

Sender-Method-Channel-Receiver Model of Communication: Definition & Application

4. Sender-Method-Channel-Receiver Model of Communication: Definition & Application

The Sender-Message-Channel-Receiver model of communication is communication as its most basic. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this model, who originated it and where it's most commonly seen.

Osgood-Schramm Model of Communication: Definition & Application

5. Osgood-Schramm Model of Communication: Definition & Application

The Osgood-Schramm model of communication is a circular, rather than linear, way of messaging. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this model; its components, benefits, and drawbacks; and how it works in practice.

Two-Step Flow Communication Model

6. Two-Step Flow Communication Model

In this lesson, you will learn about the two-step flow communication model. This theory considers how the media might impact the opinions of large segments of the public through indirect means.

Magic Bullet Theory of Mass Communication: Definition & Overview

7. Magic Bullet Theory of Mass Communication: Definition & Overview

The power of the media is at the forefront of the magic bullet theory. In this lesson, you'll learn more about this theory and what it entails, and find out where we can still see evidence of this type of thinking today.

Cultivation Theory of Mass Communication: Definition & History

8. Cultivation Theory of Mass Communication: Definition & History

The average American watches over five hours of TV per day and spends more than nine hours a day consuming media when all sources are included. Learn about the Cultivation Theory and the Mean World Theory and how TV viewing habits influence our perceptions of the world.

Media Effects: Definition, Effects & Beliefs

9. Media Effects: Definition, Effects & Beliefs

How much are you really affected by what you see, hear, and read in the media? Learn about media effects and some different theories on just how much we are influenced by media.

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