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PS 101 The Media (Steinbeiss) Presentation Transcript

  • 1. The Media Chapter 11
  • 2. Learning Objectives 1. What is the media? 2. Why is it important for democracy?
  • 3. What exactly do we mean by “the Media”? News organizations and journalists of either print, broadcast, or internet media
  • 4. Print media
  • 5. Broadcast media
  • 6. Internet media
  • 7. What’s next for the media? • Rise of the internet – How does this affect the quality of our news? Easier access to news or less control over journalism? – Should we be concerned about an “information gap” between certain segments of the community?
  • 8. What is “News”? • Timely – New, unfolding events rather than old, static ones • Dramatic – Striking developments rather than commonplace ones • Compelling – Developments which arouse people’s emotions
  • 9. What actually gets covered by the media? • News is often described as a mirror held up to society –Is this true? Is news an accurate portrayal of reality?
  • 10. http://www.thedailyshow.com/w atch/thu-april-4-2013/the-lostchannel-of-atlanta
  • 11. How does the media relate to democracy? The quality of democracy is dependent on the quality of the media!
  • 12. Marketplace of Ideas
  • 13. What are some of the roles of the media in a democracy? • Watchdog • Agenda setting
  • 14. Watchdog
  • 15. Agenda setting
  • 16. What are some of the Dangers of the media in a democracy? • Media consolidation • Narrowcasting
  • 17. Media Consolidation
  • 18. Narrowcasting
  • 19. Should we trust the media? • News is not an accurate portrayal of reality • Media has become consolidated • Media narrowcasts – What alternatives do we have?
  • 20. The Chicken or the egg? • Who is to blame for the decline in the quality of the media? – Ours? – Theirs?