Week 10 Concept Definition

Effects of Media:  Limited Effects

Media is an interesting beast.  It influences the publics’ opinion of the topics it covers as much as its viewer influence the topics that the media covers.  This circle of influence can be related to the two step theory where media sources and information get passed through multiple channels and filters.  It is part of media that keeps it real.  If a story isn’t interesting it won’t be reported on.  However, at the same time the public can make their own decision on whether or not to listen to a news source.  For example, I have included an article about abortion and women’s rights.  Everyone has an opinion on this topic, so it is unlikely that the media is going to influence your position on such a major topic.  The media can only go as far and the public viewers are willing to be influenced.  I like the fact that there is a sort of check and balance system in place to keep media sources truthful.



2 thoughts on “Week 10 Concept Definition

  1. teampenguine says:

    I agree, but because media shapes perspective as much as it is shaped by the public the check and balance system that goes with it is also shaped in the process. I liked how you used abortion as your example. I don’t think that your post needs any work. Great job.

  2. lorchuev says:

    I have to agree with most of what you are saying, but I think that the media cannot change our views of controversial topics not because we have our own opinions already (although similar), but because we know too much about the topic and see all the pros and cons.

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