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Chapter 12 Notes

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Chapter 12 Notes POLS 1101

Megan Koh
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This chapter covers Media's Influence in Political Science. As with all of my study guides, these notes contain concentrated details from the chapter, all definitions, and answers to the questio...
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Chapter 12 Megan Koh MediaTheories▯ • Minimal effect theory: the theory that deep-seated, long-term political attitudes have much greater influence on an individual’s vote decisions than does news media coverage.▯ • Social learning theory: the theory that viewers imitate what they view on television through observational learning.▯ • Cultivation theory: the theory of media effete that suggest that heavy television exposure helps develop an individual’s overall view of the world.▯ • Agenda-setting theory: the theory holding that although the effects of television exposure may be minimal or difficult to gauge, the media are quite influential in telling the public what to think about.▯ ▯ Functions of the Media in American Politics▯ 1. Providing objective coverage of events▯ • Objectivity: the journalistic standard that news reporting of events must be factual, accurate, fair, and equitable.▯ 2. Facilitating public debate▯ 3. Acting as a government watch dog▯ ▯ The Emergence of Electronic Media▯ 1. Presidential Debates and the Power ofTelevision▯ John Kennedy v.s. Richard Nixon▯ Gerald Ford v.s. Jimmy Carter▯ 2. Presidential Press Conferences▯ ▯ The Electronic Media▯ 1. Television▯ 2. Radio▯ • Talk radio: a specialized form of radio programming in which one or more hosts provide commentary and often invite listeners to call in to the show and offer their opinions.▯ 3. The Internet▯ • Blogs: internet sites that include a combination of editorial page, personalWeb page, and online diary of personal observations in real time about news events and issues.▯ • Digital divide: the large differences in usage of the Internet between older and younger people, lower- and middle-/upper-class people, lesser and better educated people, and minority groups and non-minority groups.▯ ▯ OTHER DEFINITIONS:▯ • Equal time rule: the FCC mandate that radio and TVbroadcast stations offer equal amounts of airtime to all political candidates who want to broadcast advertisements.▯ Partisan press: the period from the late 1700s to the mid-1800s when newspapers typically • supported a particular political party.▯ • News media: media outlets that rely on relatively newer technologies for communicating such as the Internet, DVDs, fax machines, cell phones, satellites, cableTV, and broadband.▯ ▯ TEXTBOOK QUESTIONS/ANSWERS:▯ 1. The FCC has the authority to regulate all of the following except political stories in the New YorkTimes.▯ 2. The FCC’s “equal time rule” applies to television networks.▯ Chapter 12 Megan Koh 3. The “partisan press era” refers to the post-RevolutionaryWar era through the mid-1800s.▯ 4. The president who most effectively communicated his positions through press conferences was John Kennedy.▯ 5. The medium that most American say is their primary source of news is the television.▯ 6. MOSAIC, the first graphical Internet browser, was developed by students of the University of Illinois.▯ 7. News Hour with Jim Lehrer is a news program produced by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.▯ 8. The theory of media effects suggesting that viewers imitate what they view on television through observational learning is social learning.▯ 9. The theory of media effects suggesting that the media are influential in telling people what to think about is agenda setting.▯ 10. Media coverage of Barack Obama is focused a great deal of attention on his association with the controversial Reverend JeremiahWright.


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