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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a media and American democracy unit of a standard American government course. Topics covered include:
- The development of mass media and journalism in the U.S.
- Types of American media information sources
- How the media influences the public's political attitudes
- Types and examples of media bias and criticism
- The role of media in elections and other government activities
- Examples of rules governing the media
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. Thomas Paine's The Age Of Reason: Summary & Philosophy
In this lesson, we will examine an influential pamphlet written by Thomas Paine by learning about the views he advanced in 'The Age of Reason.' We will also learn a little bit about who Thomas Paine was, and finally, we'll understand the historical context in which 'The Age of Reason' was written.
8. Satire in Dr. Strangelove
Learn to stop worrying and love the bomb, so said film director Stanley Kubrick. Discover the political and social dimensions of Kubrick's 1964 comedy film ''Dr. Strangelove.'' Explore the literary devices used to satirize and critique political and military strategies.
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Other chapters within the American Government: Help and Review course
- Introduction to the Study of American Government: Help and Review
- The Study of American Government
- Different Forms of Government
- Constitutional Democracy: Help and Review
- Federalism in the United States: Help and Review
- American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior: Help and Review
- Civil Liberties: Help and Review
- Civil Rights: Help and Review
- Comparative Law
- Political Parties in the United States Government: Help and Review
- Interest Groups and American Democracy: Help and Review
- The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States: Help and Review
- The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice: Help and Review
- The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation: Help and Review
- The Federal Judicial System: Help and Review
- The U.S. Federal Judicial System
- Public, Social, and Environmental Policy: Help and Review
- Economic and Fiscal Policy: Help and Review
- Foreign and Defense Policy: Help and Review