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Research Questions on The Mass Media

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Kimberly Wong Kristen IJC 05A23 GP: Research Questions on The Mass Media - 1.What is Mass Communication? Mass Communication is the term used to describe the academic study of various means by which individuals and entities can relay information to large segments of the population all at once through mass media. Almost every university that has a journalism program also offer a distinct program - often from the same department - of studies in mass communication, which includes the technical aspects production of newspapers, radio programs, television shows, and films. Unlike journalism and related fields like public relations and advertising, the study of mass communication focuses less on the message that is delivered, and more on the means by which this delivery occurs. In today's world the Internet is playing a vital role in delivering news and information to remote places where traditional delivery means do not serve. The discipline also differs from media studies, which focuses on the effects that mass media have on the population. Graduates of Mass Communication work in a variety of fields in traditional media, advertising, public relations and research institutes. Such programs are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (ACEJMC). - 2. What are the characteristics of mass communication? - 3.What is mass media? Mass media is the term used to denote, as a class, that section of the media specifically conceived and designed to reach a very large audience (typically at least as large as the whole population of a nation state). ...read more.


It is most commonly applied to acts which occur in public circumstances, and generally involves a suppression of them by criminalizing their expression. What is censored may range from specific words to entire concepts, and the ostensible motive of censorship is to stabilize or improve the society over which the government has control. Sanitization (removal) and whitewashing (from whitewash) are almost interchangeable terms that refer to particular a form of censorship via omission, which seeks to "clean up" the portrayal of particular issues and facts which are already known, but which may conflict with the official point of view. Political correctness may also become a form of censorship. - 12. What are the functions of censorship? The purpose of censorship is to maintain the status quo, to control the development of a society, or to stifle dissent among a subject people. - 13. What are the two forms of censorship? Censorship can be explicit, as in laws passed to prevent select positions from being published or propagated (as in the People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, and to a lesser extent, Australia where certain Internet pages are not permitted entry), or it can be implicit, taking the form of intimidation by government, where people are afraid to express or support certain opinions for fear of losing their lives, their jobs, their position in society, or their credibility. In this latter form it is similar to McCarthyism. ...read more.


If the government begins to censor music, what they are really doing is taking away reasonability from the parents. This creates relationships that are more out of touch. * The RIAA has put out voluntary, uniform labels on music containing explicit lyrics. * Elvis was thought to be on the edge, and now he is on a postage stamp. Jimi Hendrix was thought to be radical, and now he is in the music hall of fame. * Every generation rebels against their parents. It is only natural. Music is the story of the generation. * Censorship often targets certain groups, in this case African Americans. * The topic of censorship is upon us now mainly because of recent teen violence. Public policy should not be made in times of distress and chaos. o If you don't like it, don't listen. * Minors can't vote to represent themselves against the censorship that will affect them. - 16. List and describe Singapore's censorship categories. * Films * Videos * broadcast media * arts entertainment * video games * publications * internet - 17. What are the potential dangers for young people going online? The problems young people might encounter on the Internet fall into three broad categories: * excessive use leading to a neglect of homework, outdoor or other social activities, and heavy telephone bills accidentally, * deliberately, accessing inappropriate material: pictures, sounds or texts which are either dangerous, pornographic, offensive or unacceptable in some other way unwittingly * making inappropriate contact with individuals who may wish to cause them harm. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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