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Role and Influence of the U.S. Media - Chapter Summary
This chapter's video lessons explore ways that media coverage can impact the public's attitudes towards political issues. You'll see how the media is often a factor in elections. Other lessons explore types of bias the media may exhibit. Government regulations regarding the media are also covered here. These lessons will help you to:
- Explain the influence of the media in the formation of political views
- Define media bias and give examples
- Look at types of media criticism
- Identify what media does in elections and its role in government actions
- Analyze laws regarding the media
Our brief video lessons explain these topics in an entertaining fashion. They're taught by experts in the field, and you can contact the instructor if you have a question. Quizzes at the end of each lesson let you assess your learning and become familiar with answering these types of questions in a computer-based format.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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