Television: The Most
Influential Media of All?

The Role of Television in American
         Politics and Life



        N...
Objectives

• How has the rise of television affected the
  transmission of information in our society?
• Has T.V. improve...
Critiques

•   More time to copy notes (16)
•   Less notes (12)
•   Go too fast (11)
•   Too much homework (9)
•   Better ...
My Homework Philosophy

• When you graduate you need to be able to:
   ♣ Write
   ♣ Read
   ♣ Have critical thinking skill...
Other Critiques

•   More video
•   Explain assignments better
•   Less handouts
•   More handouts
•   Be more interesting...
Compliments

•   Like the use of technology (15)
•   Make things interesting (11)
•   Video clips (7)
•   Lots of notes (2...
CBS Transcript

Military police got back into the compound of the
2.5 million dollar embassy complex at dawn.
Before that ...
This is where the Viet Cong raiders broke in.
They sneaked up and blasted a hole in the
reinforced concrete fence surround...
CBS News Coverage: Tet
      Offensive
T.V. & Vietnam

• Judging from the previous clip, what impact
  do you think television had on public
  opinion back in th...
T.V.’s Impact on the Vietnam
               War

• First “television war”
  ♣“Living room war”
• Initial coverage was very...
Modern Connection

• What role has the media played in the Iraq
  War?
What is Satire?

• A type of writing that ridicules the
  shortcomings of people or institutions in an
  attempt to bring ...
• Why has satire become so popular on TV
  the past few years?

• Is satire a positive or negative means of
  critiquing t...
Political Pundits & Their Shows

• Like radio, political pundits have shows in
  which they play up their bias for
  enter...
• Entertainment + Political Commentary
• Claim to be unbiased
  ♣Fox = “Fair and Balanced,” “No Spin Zone”
The Take Away Message…

• When you watch something on TV
  (comedy, satire, news, political commentary
  shows) you need t...
Homework

• Watch a 30 minute news show and
  complete the worksheet.
• Be prepared to talk about what you watched
  on Fr...
1. What type of mass media is the easiest to
   access/cheapest?
2. Which type is the most entertaining?
3. Which type pro...
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Day 6: Television

  1. 1. Television: The Most Influential Media of All? The Role of Television in American Politics and Life November 19, 2008
  2. 2. Objectives • How has the rise of television affected the transmission of information in our society? • Has T.V. improved or damaged they way American politics are conducted? • What role does (and should) satire play in television political coverage?
  3. 3. Critiques • More time to copy notes (16) • Less notes (12) • Go too fast (11) • Too much homework (9) • Better homework (5)
  4. 4. My Homework Philosophy • When you graduate you need to be able to: ♣ Write ♣ Read ♣ Have critical thinking skills • Specific content knowledge is important, but writing, reading, and thinking will serve you in everything you do after high school. • Therefore, I try to make your homework tie into those objectives. ♣ That means you will write, a lot. ♣ You will read, a lot. ♣ And occasionally I’ll throw in a more knowledge-based worksheet
  5. 5. Other Critiques • More video • Explain assignments better • Less handouts • More handouts • Be more interesting • Easier homework • More challenging homework • Move around more • Tie HW to lesson better • “Weirdo HW” gets excessive
  6. 6. Compliments • Like the use of technology (15) • Make things interesting (11) • Video clips (7) • Lots of notes (2) • Call on people/keep people involved (2) • Sense of humor (2)
  7. 7. CBS Transcript Military police got back into the compound of the 2.5 million dollar embassy complex at dawn. Before that a platoon of Viet Cong were in control. The Communist raiders never got into the main chancellery building, a handful of marines had it locked and kept them out; but the raiders were everywhere else. No one unless identified were allowed in the street. An Australian MP was standing guard and firing warning shots into the air to keep the streets clear. The bodies of two military policemen who died while they tried to assault the compound lay near their jeep across the boulevard.
  8. 8. This is where the Viet Cong raiders broke in. They sneaked up and blasted a hole in the reinforced concrete fence surrounding the compound. They had the thick embassy wall to protect them. They were inside before anyone knew. But none of the raiders survived to tell of their exploit. By 8 o’clock, almost 5 hours after they broke in, almost all of them were dead. All in civilian clothes they had been armed with American M-16 machine guns; they had rockets and explosives. Their purpose was to apparently destroy the embassy. At that purpose they did not succeed.
  9. 9. CBS News Coverage: Tet Offensive
  10. 10. T.V. & Vietnam • Judging from the previous clip, what impact do you think television had on public opinion back in the United States regarding the Vietnam War?
  11. 11. T.V.’s Impact on the Vietnam War • First “television war” ♣“Living room war” • Initial coverage was very upbeat ♣Not very graphic or violent • As war continued, violent and disturbing images were broadcast more frequently ♣Public became disillusioned ♣Helped the anti-war effort
  12. 12. Modern Connection • What role has the media played in the Iraq War?
  13. 13. What is Satire? • A type of writing that ridicules the shortcomings of people or institutions in an attempt to bring about change. • Most popular examples, The Colbert Report and The Daily Show
  14. 14. • Why has satire become so popular on TV the past few years? • Is satire a positive or negative means of critiquing the government? ♣Why?
  15. 15. Political Pundits & Their Shows • Like radio, political pundits have shows in which they play up their bias for entertainment
  16. 16. • Entertainment + Political Commentary • Claim to be unbiased ♣Fox = “Fair and Balanced,” “No Spin Zone”
  17. 17. The Take Away Message… • When you watch something on TV (comedy, satire, news, political commentary shows) you need to be able to detect the bias, decide if it is presenting the facts in a fair or accurate manner, and make a decision about how its going to affect your views.
  18. 18. Homework • Watch a 30 minute news show and complete the worksheet. • Be prepared to talk about what you watched on Friday.
  19. 19. 1. What type of mass media is the easiest to access/cheapest? 2. Which type is the most entertaining? 3. Which type provides the best information/is least biased? 4. Which type is most biased? 5. Which type is your favorite?

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