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Week 4 Notes - Mass Media, Functions of Mass Media, and Uses and Gratifications

by: Erin Berch

Week 4 Notes - Mass Media, Functions of Mass Media, and Uses and Gratifications TVR 124

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These are my lecture notes on Mass Media, Functions of Mass Media, and Uses and Gratifications. I hope they help with the upcoming exam!
Intro to Media Industries
Jack Powers
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Mass Media, functions, Escapism, linkage, medium, diversion, social utility, socialization, Entertainment
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Date Created: 02/19/16
Mass Media Characteristics:  Complex  Multiple gatekeepers at multiple levels   Highly competitive  o To work in  o Industry vs. industry   Expensive o Uses hundreds of millions of dollars  Exist to make a profit Source The source encodes a thought using symbols into a  Message Channel message, then it moves through a channel, then to the  Receiver  receiver that decodes the message and provides feedback.   Source (TV studi Message (show  Channel (TV channe Receiver (audience member)  Feedback is delayed in mass media  Noise: anything that disrupts the fidelity of the message  o Physical noise o Psychological noise (not paying attention) o Physiological  o Semantic (when the message doesn’t make sense) Primary Reasons for Media: 1. Escapism – we must have a form of escape, to release tension a. From b. Into (making plans and making it a big deal) 2. Social comparison  3. Keep up with the world.  Functions of Mass Media:  1. Surveillance a. Seek out information and news 2. Interpretation  a. When you want an explanation b. Columnists, commentary, critics, reviews, etc. 3. Linkage ***THE MOST IMPORTANT*** a. Provide a link between advertisers and consumers  i. The link is the content b. A network sells access to their guaranteed audience  4. Transmission of values (socialization) a. Learn appropriate/”normal” behavior  b. Ideas of what other experiences are like c. The ideal “thing” 5. Entertainment a. Make the audience feel entertained, but still must make a profit (with  linkage) b. Advertisers pay for product placement Uses and Gratification Psychological Needs: 1. Cognition – we need to be intellectually stimulated  a. Need to be challenged b. Something that interests you more than other people 2. Diversion – escape 3. Social utility  a. Use the media to stay current in what’s going on so we can talk to others i. Conversational currency – know about it but not necessarily  see/know everything about it; don’t have to know it first hand but  you can talk about it ii. Parasocial Relationships – “almost social relationships”; you  imagine you are or would be friends with someone you never met  (Oprah, Jimmy Fallon, etc.); can be friendship or hatred  4. Withdraw a. Withdraw from society with media 


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