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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. 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


Assignment 11 due tomorrow;

MC Test/Quiz due on Monday


media and government
Media and Government
  • 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 US
  • 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 Politics
  • What has been the impact of the Internet on:
    • Political news?
    • Campaigns?
    • Governance?
  • Is the Internet a positive force for democracy?