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TCOM 101 Notes

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These notes cover the 10 functions of communication through electronic media in a democratic society.
Foundations of Telecommunications
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TCOM 101, functions, democracy, Media and Society
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Sydney Quagliano on Wednesday August 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TCOM 101 at Ball State University taught by Gerhard in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 4 views. For similar materials see Foundations of Telecommunications in Telecommunication at Ball State University.


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Date Created: 08/31/16
Tcom 101 8/25/2016 Foundations of Communication *What are the functions of the electronic media in a free & democratic society? - Ten basic functions of electronic media *Caveat Lector: Let the viewer or reader beware;Awarning • 1. Surveillance (News & Information) Criticism of News - Bias and misinformation -Superficiality and trivia -Celebrity news -Sensationalism -Bottom-line mentality 2. Warning Surveillance ( Clear & Present danger) Criticism of warning surveillance -Sensationalism -Exaggeration -Producing unnecessary fear -2012: National weather service starts using stronger language in storm warnings 3. Mobilization (especially during emergencies) Criticism of Mobilization -Violent “Flash mobs” -Civil unrest & disobedience 4. Entertainment ( Diversion, relaxation, & companionship) Criticism of Entertainment -Low-brow Content -Passivity -Sex, Violence, & Strong Language -Lack of Originality -Amusing ourselves to death 5. Enrichment (Cultural, moral, intellectual) 6. Watchdog Journalism (holding business & Government accountable) Criticism of Watchdog Journalism - Undercover Reporting -Ethical Concerns -Partisanship and Bias -Sensationalism -Conflicts of Interest 7. Socialization (Transmitting History, Norms, Roles, & Cultural Heritage) Criticism of Socialization - Sterotypes and False Info -Promotion of Controversial Ideology & Values -cultural Illiteracy -Immorality 8. Support of Capitalism (Advertising, Commerce, and the Economy) Criticism of Capitalism -Advertising Clutter -Deceptids -Children’sAdvertising -Consumer Culture -Materialism & Waste 9. Enlightenment of Self-Governing Citizens Criticism of Political Communication -Focus of the Game of Politics (vs. Substance) -AttackAds and Cynicism -High Cost of Campaigns -Influence of Corporations 10. Social Connectedness (Enhancing connections we have with others) Criticism of Social Connectedness -Addiction & Time Spent -Removal from Social Reality -Online Predators -Criminal “Flash Mobs” -Privacy Concerns *Internet Troll:An abusive or obnoxious user who lives to get a rise out of others online Top Three Functions Idealistic: Realistic: -Information -Entertainment -Watch Dog -Advertising -Democracy -Social Connections


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