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"Changes in media communication over the period from C. 1900 to the present day were accompanied by a greater fragmentation of local and national allegiances and, not by any increasing sense of national identity". How far do you agree with this judgement?

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"Changes in media communication over the period from C. 1900 to the present day were accompanied by a greater fragmentation of local and national allegiances and, not by any increasing sense of national identity". How far do you agree with this judgement? There have been many changes in media from 1900 to present day but with no increase to national identity, or you could say that national identity has decreased over the years, cause by changes in newspaper, people watch all different films, and foreign business men like Rupert Murdoch, and the effect of other countries media sources being shown on TV and in films. When you look at the changes in media over the past 100 years, there have been many, some which cause a fragmentation. The changes in newspapers have effect everyone that reads them, from Broadsheet, to Tabloid and the group they aim at, like The News Of The World has always been aimed at the working class, and when it started it was the cheapest Broadsheet aimed directly at the newly literate working classes. Say that paper have always caused a fragmenation, because people read different papers, with different view, shows the ligher side of news like, entertainment industry, gossip concerning the British monarchy, and sports, as well as news and politics for its content, with many items revolving around celebrities, but also immigration, security scandals, domestic abuse and paedophiles are also frequently news stories, but say The Times has a differenet out look seen by some as a serious publication with high standards of journalism and it has played an influential role in politics and shaping public opinion about foreign events. ...read more.

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One of the biggest ranking shows on TV was Only Fools and Horses, which on one episode got 24.3 million, record audiences for a British sit-com. Cinema both has caused changes and has changed it self over time, from being the single screen cinema, to the outer town multi-screen, they have effect leisure habits, attendance has gone up and down, the impact of Hollywood and the impact of US films more generally on British society, as well as British home make films and the effect of being more Americanized. Going to the cinema has always been seen as a leisure activity affordable to all, you had the fact that 20s 30s for some people it was the first time they saw carpet, in these great big cinema, that looked like palaces, mainly Odeon cinema. Cinema become a import role in World War 2, it was a source of information as it play news reels before each showing, way to escape the reality of war. Though during this time when we stated getting American films over, as we stop making films along with most of Europe, which allow Hollywood to take over and pump films out, many about singing and dancing, or cowboys like Jesse James. You would have had films that where aimed at teenagers like Grease, and other films base on High school life or college. Where there weren't films like this coming out of England at the time. ...read more.

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New technolgy have effect everything, you had videos and DVD, the internet and mobile phones. Videos and DVDs could of lead to falling number in cinema because they are cheaper, the new leisure habits that followed in that you don't have to go out to the cinema you can watch one at home, or order it on TV. The internet has had a big effect in that you can watch TV online. Websites like youtube are anew source of entertainment. This could lead to a change in TV like with the BBC that you don't pay a licence fee, but you pay fro what you watch like Sky. Mobile phone are also now allowing people to watch TV on, listen to radio on, all in one and as you are on the move. Media has change, and with this changed its effect the national identity, as it is slowly meaning less and less to people, means less know then it did for someone 60 years ago. Down to the fact of how media has grown, and how now we don't only see British TV show and film, but we see American, Australia and many more, and with that we now have more choice what to watch not only with the 5 channel, but now with Sky and cable and freeview not everyone watching the same thing. So people are lossing a sence of natioal identity as media grows. ...read more.

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