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The History of the US Media. AP Government and Politics Wilson, Chapter 10. Homewor k : Assignment 11 due tomorrow; MC Test/Quiz due on Monday. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/02/us/politics/paths-to-the-white-house.html?ref=politics. Media and Government.

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The history of the us media

The History of the US Media

AP Government and Politics

Wilson, Chapter 10

Homework:

Assignment 11 due tomorrow;

MC Test/Quiz due on Monday


http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/02/us/politics/paths-to-the-white-house.html?ref=politicshttp://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/02/us/politics/paths-to-the-white-house.html?ref=politics


Media and government
Media and Governmenthttp://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/02/us/politics/paths-to-the-white-house.html?ref=politics

  • Have very interesting relationship:

    • Adversarial

    • Symbiotic

  • Conflict with regard to reporting:

    • Freedom of the press and need to make a profit

      • With freedom comes responsibility

      • With freedom from government subsidy comes need to make a profit


Political media in the us
“Political Media” in the UShttp://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/02/us/politics/paths-to-the-white-house.html?ref=politics

  • Early Republic - Papers of parties and factions

    • Low readership, expensive, some government assistance through patronage

    • Partisanship – related to government support

  • Changes in 1800s

    • Faster, cheaper press means mass readership; telegraph means up-to-date news

    • Urbanization enables more papers to be sold in smaller area

    • Partisanship – related to owners/editors

  • Late 1800s through the Progressive Era

    • National magazines appear; muckrakers

    • Circulation wars end; one-newspaper towns become the norm

    • Less partisanship – sensationalism decreases as owners change and public becomes more educated

  • Mid 20th century

    • Radio and TV emerge; enable politicians to speak directly to audience, but could be turned off

    • TV/Radio more expensive and time is at a premium; Big 3 networks were only place to go for many years

    • Emergence of cable has given politicians a bit more airtime; offset decrease in length of soundbite and attention span of viewers


The internet and politics
The Internet and Politicshttp://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/02/us/politics/paths-to-the-white-house.html?ref=politics

  • What has been the impact of the Internet on:

    • Political news?

    • Campaigns?

    • Governance?

  • Is the Internet a positive force for democracy?


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