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COMM 370 Week 4 Lecture Notes

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COMM 370 Week 4 Lecture Notes COMM370010

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Theories of Mass Communication
Angelini,James R.
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Date Created: 10/03/16
COMM 370: Theories of Media Communication Week 4 Lecture Notes  Two-step flow o Mass media is spread to opinion leaders o Followers listen to the opinion leaders, and base their opinions off of that o Impact of mass communication is not automatic—it trickles down the system instead of reaching everyone simultaneously  Mass Media and Society o One of society’s basic institutions  Family  Education  Religion  Arts  Politics o Interconnected with other institutions o Center of knowledge in society o Purpose of Media  Window: seeing the world in real time  Mirror: reflect what’s going on in the world  Filter/Gatekeeper: determines what the world sees  Signpost/guide/interpreter: translate news into something everyone understands  Platform/forum: a way to get a message out  Screen/barrier: intended for a specific audience or the majority o Normative Theories  What is right/wrong, desirable/undesirable, just/unjust  Describe how media is integrated into society  Authoritarian: oldest and most common, media protects established social order, tightly controlled and subordinate to authorities, censorship and controls are common  Libertarian: reaction to authoritarianism, no restrictions, freedom valued, private ownership of media (laissez- faire), universal access to media  Soviet Totalitarianism: media controlled/owned by communist government, media broadcasts propaganda to help communist party, no criticism allowed  Social Responsibility: avoid problem-causing content; media should be as diverse as its audience; government should have limited control  Developmental Media: light government control; education and information are most important  Democratic-Participant: small-scale, interactive media beats large, one-way media; local groups should have own media  Implications  Media controlled by those with political/economic power  Media is a reflection of those in control financially  If you are living in a society with a controlling media message, you believe what you hear Structural Functionalism  Media serves a purpose in society  Functions o Surveillance: monitoring environment  News  Functions:  Warning  Instrumental: offers useful information  Exposure to norms  Dysfunctions  Heightens anxiety  Narcotizing  Overexposure: makes us believe it happens more than it actually does o Correlation: information about world around you  Functions:  Enforces norms  Impedes threats to social stability  Checks on government  Dyfunctions:  Reinforces conformity and stereotypes  Creates pseudoevents  Little criticism o Socialization: transmission of culture  Functions:  creates cohesive society  Dysfunctions:  Reduces diversity o Entertainment  Functions:  Leisure activity  Mass culture  Dysfunctions:  Lowers taste  Feminist Approaches o Radical  Emphasizes division due to inherent differences between men and women  Believe there should be a division  Devaluation of women means societal institutions cannot accommodate them  Supremacy of men: patriarchy  Separate media for the sexes  Women have media to meet their needs o Liberal Feminism  Women’s place in society mirrors images put out in the media  Emphasize equal media to improve women’s place in society  Media Hegemony o Media reinforces status quo and portrays difference as deviant o Hegemonic masculinity: what is expected  Physical strength  Heterosexuality  Wealth  Authority  Suppression of sad/weak emotions  Selective Perception: how people make meaning of the world through selection, organization, and interpretations of sensory stimulation o Structural and functional influences  Subliminal Perception o Can be influenced by things without being aware o James Vicary  Sold movie projector that would flash messages during films for 1/3,000 of a second to increase popcorn and soda sales  Ended up being fabricated o Wilson Bryan Key  Sexual imagery used to sell products  “Clam plate orgy”  Selectivity o Selective Exposure  People expose themselves to messages that already align with their beliefs, and ignore those that do not  Heider’s Balance Theory  Equal relationships  Balanced: If X likes O, but X doesn’t like P, then O doesn’t like P  Unbalanced: X likes O, X doesn’t like P, but O likes P  Cognitive Dissonance  Leon Festinger  Pre-existing attitudes  New info can be irrelevant, consonant, or dissonant  People tend to discount or reinterpret dissonant information


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