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Mass Media Introduction Lesson



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  • 1. Mass Media, Public Opinion & Politics
  • 2. Unit Topics • Bias • Print Media • Radio • T.V. • Political Cartoons • Internet • Public Opinion Polling
  • 3. Today’s Objectives • You will know all of the vocabulary. Backward. Forward. Upside down. You’re going to be an expert. • You will analyze the role the media plays in your own life. I’m going to do it too, it’ll be fun.
  • 4. Types of Mass Media • Make a list. You’ve got 2 minutes. Write down every type of media you can think of. • Mass Media= ways of transmitting information to many people at the same time
  • 5. • Public Opinion: attitudes held by a significant number of people in matters of government and politics.
  • 6. • Public agenda – What sorts of things are on the United State’s public agenda? • Immigration, health care, war(s), gun control, gay marriage, economy, marijuana, alternative fuel sources, global warming – Does that reflect what is important to you? – How does an issue get on the public agenda? • People start talking about it
  • 7. • Bias: being partial to one side of an argument – Are TV news stations biased? – How can you tell if something is biased? • Only tell one side of story • Only focusing on the good or bad aspects of a certain story • What they deem as newsworthy – What biases do certain news stations have? • Fox? • MSNBC? • CNN?
  • 8. What role does media play in your life? • List the mass media on the board in order of least important to most important in your own life. • Pretend it is 1960, what would your list look like then? • What about in 1860?
  • 9. Next Time… • Bias!
  • 10. Wrapping Things Up… • Take out your vocabulary/guided notes sheet • Here’s what you’re going to do: • Using the three words on your sheet and three of the types of mass media, write a couple sentences using them together on the back of your notes. • Don’t give me definitions, just use them in such a way that shows you know what they mean. • Hand it to me on your way out or finish it for homework.