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COMM 370 Week 5 Lecture Notes

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COMM 370 Week 5 Lecture Notes COMM370010

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Theories of Mass Communication
Angelini,James R.
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Comm, Communications, comm370, Media, mediacomm, mediacommunication, masscomm, masscommunication, Theory, theoriesofmediacommunication, theoriesofmediacomm, theoriesofmasscomm, theoriesofmasscommunication
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Date Created: 10/03/16
Week of 9/26-9/30 COMM 370: Theories of Media Communication Week 5 Lecture Notes  Selective Perception: people react differently to the same situation o Influenced by wants, needs, attitudes, and/or psychological factors o Deliverer of message may not achieve goal based on how the message is interpreted by the audience o Culture  Binocular rivalry: one eye sees one thing, the other eye sees something different (happens in milliseconds). Eventually, the two images flip back-and-forth until a mix of the two is seen  Pertaining to culture, you see what you’re familiar with first. You recognize unfamiliar things second. o Physical State  A studied asked people what they saw, even though nothing was there. People who were hungrier tended to see food, opposed to those who had eaten more recently o Pre-existing Attitudes  Princeton students accused Dartmouth of more penalties than Dartmouth students saw of their own team  Selective Retention o Recalling things in accordance with prior attitudes/wants/needs/schemas  Schema: mental structure representing something in the world  What you retain may not be what actually happened (biased) Media Ownership & News Expectations  Media Ownership o Some media is owned by non-media focused organizations  May cut costs, less diversity in what media they cover o Chain Ownership  Less local coverage, greater resources to local papers, homogeneity in editorial policies for entire chain o Corporate Entanglements  Reluctant to report on stories concerning partner companies, less credibility on corporate reports  Synergy: stronger message due to the support of many organizations toward a common message  Legal controls o Organizations are subject to government regulations  May avoid content considered offensive o Can be sued  News might avoid risky media content  Propaganda o Private media: a business selling a product to other businesses Week of 9/26-9/30  Product: readers, audiences  Other Businesses: advertisers o News is filtered to serve as propaganda  News’ Five Filters o Ownership: wealth and connections among mass media  Concentration of ownership  Non-media ownership  Increasing profit  “Outsider” members on board of directors  Courting government favor  *6 Largest US Media Conglomerates  #1 Comcast  #2 Disney  #3 News Corporation  #4 TimeWarner  #5 Viacom  #6 CBS o Advertising  Prefer middle-upper class audiences  See news as a filler around ads—ads are the actual content  Avoidance of serious issues in place of entertainment o Reliance on sources  Objectivity—information provided by outsider, expert, who is not biased  Powerful, insider knowledge  Government and business promote their experts as sources o Flack  Discrediting things you don’t agree with  Can come from advertisers, official government, conservative groups o Anti-ideologies  Anticommunism  International threat to world peace  Focuses news coverage on abuses of those who believe in these ideologies  Expectations of News o Accuracy  Trained journalists  Specialists and experts  Few mistakes o Objectivity  No bias  Attributions of opinions in 3 person  Surveillance and facts


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