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||Theory of Media Politics|
|Media coverage of the Abortion Issue||
||Media and Campaigns|
||Public Misconception of War in Iraq|
|4||Alternative Media vs. Mainstream||
||Coverage of War on Terror|
|Myth of Liberal Media||10||Social Media and Politics|
One of the problems of the Internet is the reliability of information. How can a person determine the validity of what appears on a Web site? In other words, who and what can you trust? In order to determine if a source can be trusted you need to view it critically. Cornell University Library has a list of five criteria to help you with this task. Select a media website and see if you can apply the five criteria to it. In your paper explain whether or not the website gives you enough information to apply each of the criteria. If not, explain what is missing. Determine if the site you choose can be trusted or not. Base your opinion on the information obtained from Cornell unless you consider other criteria more important.
Checklist for an Informational web page
Pick a newspaper of your choice. It can be a national newspaper such as USA Today or the New York Times or a local paper such as the Chicago Tribune. Compare a print copy of the paper with the on-line version of the paper. What is the same? How do they differ? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each type of media.
In this article by John Zaller suggest that there are three important actors in shaping the news: politicians, journalists, and citizens. Write a paper explaining his theory and then do an analysis of his conclusions. What does he mean by media politics as a system of politics? How reasonable are his arguments. Can you give examples to confirm or deny what he is saying. Be sure and include your opinion in all this. http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/faculty/zaller/media politics book .pdf
For this assignment there are two articles to read. The first is Polling, Politics, Media and Election Campaigns, and the second is: Wining the Media Campaign How the Press Reported the 2008 General Election. In your paper describe what is said in each of these article about how the media reports on polling and the candidates. What is the data saying about the coverage. Is it bias, if so, in what direction? Be sure and include in your paper an analysis of what these two reports tell us about media in the U.S.
8. Public Misconceptions of the War in Iraq
Read this article on the public perceptions of the War in Iraq. What explanations are given for the misconceptions of much of the public about factual information. In your paper describe what the findings are and what implications are for both the media and democracy in the U.S. Be sure a give an analysis of what you think are the reasons for public misconceptions. What does this data tell us about the sophistication of the pubic in understanding foreign policy and the role of the media in all this.
http://www.uky.edu/AS/PoliSci/Peffley/pdf/475 PIPA MisperceptionsofIraqWar_10_02_03.pdf
Read this article on media coverage of the War on Terror. War on Terror Mainstream Media and Propaganda. Write a paper identifying the major conclusions from the article on this Global Issues blog. Describe the credential for the author. Tell what you think about this new concept of citizen journalist. Do you feel this is a legitimate form of media that should be considered as creditable as media in the mainstream or are you less likely to believe what this author is saying. Explain your position. Also, be sure and detail the arguments made in the article and evaluate each of them.
Read this article on the functions of social media in election campaigns. In your paper describe what social media are and how they are being used by candidates. Tell what are the advantages and disadvantages of using these new media. Tell what place you feel these media will have in the future. Do you think they have the potiential to replaced the traditional advertising campaign? See if you can figure out if most candidates are using them and what impact they are having.
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