Democracy & the News Media

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Myths. Sensationalism . James Madison. “Nothing could be more irrational than to give the people power and to withhold from them information, without which power is abused. A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. A popular government.... ID: 601416 Download Presentation

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Democracy & the News Media

Myths

Sensationalism

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James Madison

“Nothing could be more irrational than to give the people power and to withhold from them information, without which power is abused. A people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy, or perhaps both.”

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Effectiveness of government depends on

the extent the people are informed about events

Ability to think independently and critically about those events

Detect bias

Detect ideology

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Media sources sophisticated in art of persuading and manipulating large masses of people

Create aura of objectivity, truthfulness

Minority of citizens are skilled in recognizing bias/propaganda

Detect one sided portrayals of events

Seek alternative sources for comparison

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Myths that Obscure the Logic of the News Media

Most news stories are produced through independent investigative journalism

Writers simply report facts in their stories, no conclusions

Facts and opinions are clearly separated

International news

Reported objectively by us/slanted or distorted by foreign news

What is unusual is news; what is usual is not

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Critical Consumer of the Media

Understand the basis agenda of news story construction

Read between the lines, “stories-as-they-might-have-been-told using other points of view.

Access alternative sources, identify facts ignored, put events into historical perspective

Identify low-credibility stories by noticing vested interests or passion associated with content.

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Sensational Journalism

Sensationalized and oversimplified news coverage

“The bias of the mainstream media is toward sensationalism, conflict and laziness. The embarrassment is that I’m given credibility in this world because of the disappointment that the public has in what the news media does.”

Jon Steward 2014

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Is Sensationalism so horrible??

Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst

Sensationalized the news in order to sell more papers

Spread information to less-literate audiences

Helped to establish or question norms and boundaries??

Era of 24/7 news, are real stories being sacrificed for sensational ones?

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“Junk food of our news diet”The ice cream sundae you eagerly gobble up

http

://groundfloormedia.com/blog/2011/10/the-16-muffin-a-perfect-example-of-sensationalized-reporting

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Interested in a story about a $16 dollar cupcake?

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American’s Main Sources of News

http://www.gallup.com/poll/163412/americans-main-source-news.aspx


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