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COM 107, Week 3 Notes

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Week 3 Notes
Communications and Society
R. Ford
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communication, Communications, com107, Intro to Communication
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Date Created: 09/18/16
Media Research Theory  Uses and gratifications (receiver): when people use media so they’re not alone (ex: watching Netflix while home alone), able to keep up with the trends  Agenda setting (sender): media sets what’s important to think about in their opinion, they show you what they want you to see to their benefit  Priming (sender): the media teases you, tells you what’s important that’s coming up so you’ll be more likely to come back  Framing (sender): the media shapes the story based on their perception  Selective exposure (receiver): we select which messages to pay attention to based off our own bias, beliefs, ideals, morals, etc. Media Research  Who says what to whom with what effect?  Advertisers/retailers use market research o To figure out who you are as a receiver o To get into the mind of the consumer o Make advertisements, etc. accordingly  Social construction of reality  Window on the world o Is the “what” real or is it constructed? Propaganda Research  Hypodermic Needle Model  Mass media messages persuade all people powerfully and directly  People believe the media is so powerful that it has the potential to hurt people o Bad things can happen when people see certain things in the media o Censorship came about for the need to protect children, violence-prone people, etc. Strong Effects on the Media Social Learning Theories: tries to enforce cooperation, creativity, confidence, can-do attitude Cultivation Theories: they serve a purpose in changing people’s thoughts and ideas Limited rights for commercial speech Government control over media lead to industries regulating what was released, which lead to ratings, banning, etc. Morals: things/practices that you hold true to gas an individual Ethics: what people as a group agree to follow, rules that govern human conduct Law: rules that meet the need to control, regulate, and legislate ethical conduct at the individual, corporate, and government Unprotected Forms of Expression  Obscenity o Under Miller vs. California (1973)  Material as a whole appeals to a prurient interest  Depicts or describes sexual contact in a patently obscene way  Material, as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value o Red Lion Broadcasting vs. UCC  Broadcasters may be punished for indecency or profanity Columbia School of Thought  Two-step flow model of communication o People (opinion leaders) watch media frequently o Opinion leaders pass along media content (and their interpretation of it) to others  Even if the original intent is to empower or sell a product, public opinion leaders can set the agenda and also have the expression of their opinion  Where are these theories at play? o Spiral of Silence: people are silent because they know they have an unpopular opinion  Example: Trump supporters  The silent majority isn’t represented in media since no one speaks  Minority opinions are what makes the news since the majority is too scared to talk about it o The Third-Person Effect: people assume things affect all other people but not themselves  Example: people think a message is only for older people or young people or overweight people, etc., not themselves


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