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Notes for Final to Understanding Media

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Notes for Final to Understanding Media JMM 102

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Understanding Media And Content In The Digital Age
Ana Francois
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Broadening Our Perspective on Media Effects, Who Owns and Controls the Mass Media, Piracy with the Media
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Chapter 13: Broadening Our Perspective on Media Effects Media Effects -a theory that looks at the connections between people’s consumption of mass media and their resulting knowledge, beliefs, ideas, and behavior -how does mass media and media culture affect what audiences think and how they behave? -area of study in psychology, sociology and communication Taking a Broader View -narrow perspective on media effects -high profile tragedies are rare -people believe effect only happen to other people -with narrow perspective, no awareness or control of effect s -broader perspective= more media literate Timing of Effects -when evidence of effects starts to show -immediate: during or immediately after exposure -long term: show up after many exposures; slow and gradual -immediate effects easier to notice Type of Effects Cognitive-Type -most persuasive -overlooked -planting ideas in our minds -factual or social information -even as adults, careful attention to social models Belief-Type -belief: faith that something is true or real -show us values used by people in news and fictional characters -sometimes explicitly expressed by a specific character -other times, evolves over time (many characters and situations) -beliefs about attractiveness, relationships, success Attitudinal-Type -attitude: evaluative judgement based on standard -simply accept attitude of media figure or character -make out own judgement based on standards set by media (e.g., body image) -rely on beliefs -influence stronger at general level that specific level Emotional-Type -Immediate effects: -trigger strong emotions (e.g., rage and fear) and weak emotions (e.g., sadness and boredom) -Long term effects: -desensitization after years of exposure to media violence Physiological-Type -influence on automatic bodily systems -beyond conscious control -arousal ( elevation of blood pressure, heart rate, sweaty palms) -relaxation ( lowered rate of breathing and reduced heart rate) -over time, reactions can change Behavioral-Type -trigger actions -immediate (e.g., buy a product) -long term (e.g., pattern of buying) -behavioral habits -addiction Macro-Type -influence on larger institutions (e.g., organizations, institutions, society) -direct influence -heightening of social pressures Valence of Effects -positive or negative direction: value-laden -individual perspective -societal perspective Intentionality of Effects -expose ourselves to media for certain reason: intended effect -unintended often when we are in a state of automaticity -simultaneously intended and unintended actively analyze and evaluate messages to gain more control CONCLUSIONS -don’t need to experience change for effect to happen -reinforcement is a prevalent effect immediate and long term processes work together in everyday life Implications for Media Literacy -understanding full range of effects; become more sensitized -expand your perspective -accept that you are influenced -recognizing negative and positive influences Chapter 15: Who Owns and Controls the Mass Media Why Should We Care Who Controls Mass Media? -because mass media controls information Who Controls the Media? -an important issue from the start -how much power should an individual or business be allowed to have? -monopolies good or bad? -media controls information -debate rests on conflict between localism and efficiency Key Properties -NBC: Telemundo, MSNBC, Bravo, Universal Pictures, Universal Parks & Resorts, Comcast Cable, Optimum -ABC: ESPA, Disney Channels, Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts -HBO: CNN, Cartoon Network, TNT, TBS, The CW (joint venture), Warner Bros, Pictures, DC Entertainment -FOX: Fox News, National Geographic Channels (joint venture), Twentieth Century Fox, BSkyB -CBS: The CW (joint venture), Showtime, Simon & Schuster -Paramount Pictures: BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon Two Competing Values -two strong values that address the issue of concentration of power -localism: values sharing of power among many -efficiency: values concentration of power in hands of those who can make decisions well and quickly Localism -control of important institutions should be spread out -considerable power at local level, closest to individuals; best serves society -each person is a rational being with equal say -American tradition Localism and Mass Media -media voices should be kept local to best serve the public -development of broadcasting industries -regulations based on spectrum scarcity, localism, public interest, and promotion of diversity -over time, FCC allowed more ownership concentration: pressure from broadcasters FCC Rules Station Ownership -prior to 1980s: 7AM, 7FM, and 7 TV stations -1980s and 1990s (prior to 1996): 12AM, 12 FM, and 12 stations -late 1990s to present: less that 39.5% of viewers Efficiency -trend towards concentration, consolidation, and centralization -increased barriers to entry -small companies go out of business or are bought out by conglomerate -In 2004, five companies owned most US media properties: Bertelsmann, Disney, News Corp., Time Warner, and Viacom -danger of narrowing the range of voices Cross-Ownership and Control Types of Concentration -horizontal merger: media company of same type -vertical merger: suppliers and/ or distributors; integrate production and distribution -conglomerate merger: combination of media companies and/ or non-media businesses -US v. Paramount 1948 ruling -landmark US Supreme Court decision -vertical integration -divest movie theaters -change economies of movie business Megamergers -mergers more and more popular -consolidation resources in fewer companies -no signs of slowing down: number of mergers among media companies more than doubled from 2011 to 2012 International Perspective -foreign companies buy and invest in American media companies -American companies market their entertainment services worldwide to increase revenue streams: US market saturated Concentration Among Ad Agencies -agencies are growing; focused on national markets rather than local companies -half of all advertising placements in the US are handled by one of four international advertising conglomerates: WPPC plc, Omnicom Group Inc., IPG, and Publicis Groupe Concentration Among Advertisers -manufacturers buying each other up -more power in marketplace and as advertisers: Procter & Gamble -products that appear very different may be marketed by same company Issues of Concern Deregulation -belief that strong vertical integration will drive away completion and exploit the consumer -consolidation trend has grown stronger than government impulse to regulate (e.g., Telecommunication Act of 1996) -FCC more concerned with companies’ interests than public’s interests -What’s next? -net neutrality Change in Content -critics argue that decreased competition leads to negative changes in message content -no evidence of decrease in quality -possibility more negative speech/ obscenity -relationship between concentration and reduced “competition” breaks down when analyzed Lack of Access -critics argue that as concentration increases, access to the media decrease -in one sense, barriers to entry have increased in certain media markets -in terms of diversity of opinion, research suggests that as the industry becomes more concentrated, programming has actually become more diverse Internet -number of websites available is huge, but internet exposure concentrated -concentration results from search engines; paid placement -computer industry hugely splintered CONCLUSION -efficiency vs. localism: a matter of opinion -construct an informed opinion -monitor changes to the situation and update knowledge structures -move toward concentration, but still a great deal of competition as media industries try to increase their share of the advertiser’s dollar Chapter 17: Piracy with the Media Piracy -about drawing lines: ownership and non-ownership; perimeter of a message digitalization and high speed transmission raise question about ownership rights -two value systems: media businesses v. public; copyright v. copyleft What is Piracy? -unauthorized use of things owned by other people -copyright: method to register ownership of intellectual property -mass media: tool and threat to authors Types of Piracy -bootlegging: unauthorized recording of a live delivery of a message -counterfeiting: the duplication of a copyrighted message along with its packaging, and selling it as real product -sharing copyrighted messages without paying for access: individuals make copies available to others for free Two Factors -What is a creative unit? -What does a person own when he or she buys a copy of a media message Ownership Rights -copyright owners have “sole and exclusive right to reproduce the work in any form for any reason” -life of the author plus 70 years -fair use: news reporting, criticism, teaching -copyright has its limits; becoming more ambiguous with digitalization of messages and free exchange through computers -freeware -open source software; follow-on users -copyleft licensing; creation keeps evolving -idea of creation has changed -Cathedrals to bazaars (Sunstein, 2006) How Big is the Problem? -within each media industry, complaints about loss of money due to pirating of messages -often assumed that drops in sales are due to piracy, not weak products/ changing tastes -difficult to determine how widespread piracy is, especially in terms of music Music -reproduction -copying of tapes -burning CDs -file sharing of MP3; Napster -RIAA complaints -95% of all downloads pirated -loss of $12.5 billion to US economy -70,000 jobs lost -music: RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) Film -shift from theaters to rentals to downloading shared files -with pornography, pay sites to free sites -industry claimed $58 billion lost to piracy in 2012 -assumption that if pirated versions not available, people would have paid full price Print -the internet provides so much information; temptation to plagiarize -30% of college papers partially or fully plagiarized -one third of high school and college students admit to some kind of cut-and-paste plagiarism Addressing the Problem Legislation -Audio Home Recording Act of 1992 -Serial Copy Management System -Royalty tax paid to copyright owners -In-home noncommercial recording allowed -Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 -Consumer Broadband and Digital Television Promotion Act proposed in 2002 -would have required new digital media devices to be encoded with security technology -technology not feasible Law Enforcement -cracks down on pirates using old anti piracy legislation -2004 US Justice Department investigation: more that 100 people in 27 states and abroad; $50 million in theft of media messages and software -Prince of Piracy: Johnny Ray Gasca Legal Action Civil Lawsuits by Industries -RIAA v. Napster; shut down -21,000 lawsuits against people downloading illegal music; large fines -Viacom v. YouTube/ Google: settled in 2014 -2011 coalition of movie/ TV studios, cable and phone companies, and record labels; plan to monitor internet activity and get ISPs to cut off access of offenders Anti-Piracy Technology -music labels experimenting with anti-piracy technologies that combat file sharing -Sony: “key2audio” limits devices on which albums can be played -BMG Entertainment: Cactus Data Shield prevents reformatting and burning copies -digital rights management companies developing solutions -only temporary improvements: technology keeps changing New Business Model -because approaches to addressing piracy are limited, industries rethinking marketing strategies -Music -buy one song instead of album -purchases through iTunes Music Store and other internet stores -closing of more than 600 brick and mortar music stores CONCLUSION -industry groups working hard to combat piracy -some success, but still growing problem -fuzzy line between what is and is not piracy -no clear definition of a creative unit -issue will grow as conflict deepens between old idea of copyright and newer idea of copyleft


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