Pearson Longman PoliticalScience Interactive. Shea, Green, and Smith Living Democracy, Second Edition Chapter 11: The Politics of the Media. Evolution of News Media in the United States: Print Media. Newspapers were the first example of news media
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Shea, Green, and Smith
Living Democracy, Second Edition
The Politics of the Media
Source: Pew Research Center
Internet Access by Selected Characteristics: 2003 (in percentages)
The media should show what they thinkthe public wants, without concern for consequences.
Social Responsibility Theory
The media need to balance what the public wants with what’s good for it.
Why do public officials leak information to the press?
A “trial balloon”
Sway public opinion
To get information from those who are publicity shy
What are pseudo-events?
Media events staged by politicians to show themselves in the best light possible.
Three important societal functions of the media
The media has a watchdog role as the “eyes and ears of the world.”
Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle
Illinois death penalty
A type of journalism in which reporters thoroughly investigate a subject matter to inform the public, correct an injustice, or expose an abuse.
The media is an agent of socialization, teaching us political facts and opinions that help form our political belief structures and our political culture.
Media and Cultural Change
Over the past 50 years television has gone from giving very narrow portrayals of women as wives and mothers to sexually assertive and independent women, and showing that gay, bisexual and lesbian people live normal lives.