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COMM 214 Final Exam Study Guide

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COMM 214 Media in the Digital Age Final Exam Study Guide
Dr. Milner
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Communications, COMM214
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COMM 214: MEDIA IN THE DIGITAL AGE FINAL EXAM STUDY GUIDE HISTORY  Written Era o Manuscript – a book or document written by hand (scrolls, cave walls, etc.) o Codex – the technology of the book (cover, independent pages, back)  Print Era o The Printing Press  1450’s  Johannes Gutenberg  A machine for printing text or pictures from type or plates  Gave ability to quickly duplicate materials and greatly increased literacy o Yellow Journalism – an exaggerated form of journalism, most stories fabricated, led to the development of ‘muckraking’ (investigative journalism) o Dime Novels/Pulp Fiction – an inexpensive form of media, looked down upon by many  Broadcast (Electronic) Era o Phonograph – created by Thomas Edison, originally intended for business rather than music o Gramophone – created by Berliner, used flat disks rather than cylinders o Kinetoscope – motion-picture device, using a single peephole o Vitascope – a film projector, made the screen bigger  viewed by more people o Nickelodeons - 5¢ movies, lower-class  Digital Era o Digitalization o Hypertext – beyond text, a software system that links topics on the screen to related info & graphics INDUSTRY  Commercialism o 1934 Communications Act  legalized the commercialization of our mass media networks  did NOT allow monopolistic practices  Fair competition and journalistic integrity  Conglomeration o 1996 Telecommunications Act  erased limitations on monopolies o Oligopoly – a small state of competition in which a market is shared by a small number of producers & sellers  Branding o Making your product distinct, assigning an image to it  Product Placement o A practice in which companies gain exposure for their products by paying for them to be featured in movies & TV programs  Net Neutrality o Principle that Internet service provider and the gov. should treat all data equally o NOT discriminating or charging differently by user, content, or site  Intellectual Property o Copyright – the exclusive legal right given to the originator to print, publish, film, or record material & the ability to authorize others to do the same o Public Domain – the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole (not subject to copyright) LITERACY  Multimodality (the combining of several modes of communication) o Rivalry – the competition between multiple modes of media o Complimentary – two different forms of media work together to compliment one another (ex: The Walking Dead comes in the form of a comic book as well as a TV show) o Convergence – multiple modes of media coming together to form one (e-book, watching TV on a laptop)  Digital Divide o The division between those who have ready access to computers & the Internet and those who do not AGENCY  Media Studies o Social Scientific Approaches – measure & predict o Humanities Approaches – describe & interpret  Media Effect Perspective (Media Content): BAYM o Direct vs. Minimal Effects o Agenda Setting – ability of media to set the public agenda and determine what is worth public attention o Cultivation – spend time ‘living in television world’, more likely to believe that the world is more violent rather than becoming more violent o Hegemony – power wielded through ideology, getting people to buy into different ideologies to keep certain groups down (women, blacks, youth etc.) or to raise & benefit others  Ideology: a system of ideas & ideals  Normalization: maintains ‘order’ on society  False Consciousness: the decisions we make are majorly influenced by what we ‘should’ do (our decisions are already made for us by society)  Cultural Contradictions: ways within the system to work against the system o Uses & Gratifications – using media for social & psychological pleasure, people take what they want from media narratives  Technological Influence Perspectives (Media Form): o Technological Determinism – blaming technology for today’s problems o Social Construction of Technology – blaming society for today’s problems o Utopianism – technology is doing more good than harm o Dystopianism- technology is doing more harm than good o Moral Panic – ‘technology scares’, concerns of societal decline due to new technologies, extreme dystopianism  Addiction: a strong & harmful need to have or do something  Narcissism: to become utterly obsessed and enthralled with oneself  Anonymity: the condition of being anonymous o Domestication – when something becomes more normal, accepted, & familiar CULTURE  Popular Culture  Consensus Narratives o Mass media aren’t only psychologically engaging but also socially engaging  Participatory Media o Produsage – user led content creation o Audiences vs. Publics  Audience – often viewed as more passive, consumers  Public – active groups, ‘collectives’, the Internet has allowed for more of a public than before (collaborators, critics, producers) o Collective Intelligence - Everyone shares their knowledge on specific topics, mobilize individual skills, enhances each other’s knowledge  Civic Engagement o Active participation in community events  Media Networks o Centralized – One-to-Many Communication o Decentralized – One-to-One Communication o Distributed – Many-to-Many Communication


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