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Communication and Media

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Introduction

Communication and mass media In today's contemporary society mass media has an incredible influential effect on readers. To be able to demonstrate this I have chosen two different newspapers which I will be analyzing and thus providing answers to how mass media works. The two chosen newspapers lead as following; Jang and Dagens Nyheter. Jang is an international newspaper within England as well as Pakistan. It expresses Islamic point of views making it very dissimilar from European newspapers as it presents very subjective articles. It's written in English and Urdu permitting readers both in England and Pakistan to be able to read it. The specific chosen newspaper was written on the 8th of September. The second newspaper chosen was a Swedish newspaper by the name of Dagens Nyheter. Its point of view is objective as it has very articles that try to mould your opinion and also has a lot of empathy. The specific chosen newspaper was written on 12th of September. With these two newspapers I will be providing answers to how mass media works. The first question leads as follows "How big a news item is depends, to a certain amount, on the three "distances". ...read more.

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This shows the cultural difference between the two. The second article about the drawing row was printed because of cultural reasons, as the drawing concerned Islam. Another example from Jang is an article about Ramadan. The article is printed because of cultural (Jang is an Islamic newspaper), time (Ramadan's starts in five days) and geographical reasons (the newspaper is from an Islamic region). Whilst on the other hand Dagens Nyheter has nothing about Ramadan. This shows how one newspaper from a country may have an article because of the three distances, whilst another may not have it at all. The comparing of how the articles from the two newspapers are influenced differently by the three distances can go and on. The general idea behind it is that the geographical, time and cultural reasons an article may be printed into a newspapers varies from newspaper to newspaper. It especially varies when the two newspapers are from two different countries as the geographical, cultural and time reasons an article is printed are completely different, because the two countries may not have the same priorities when it comes to printing certain articles. The second question leads as follows "Find two examples, in different newspapers, of the purposes a sender of mass media can have. ...read more.

Conclusion

Then we come to the question, why is free media important for democracy? If you are on the same page as me you will be able to clearly see why free media is a fundamental pillar for democracy after having read the definitions of democracy and free media. Without free media there is no democracy, by shutting down or preventing free media, democracy will be contradicting itself. Since democracy is all about people being allowed to vote and to decide what choices are to be made for the good of the country, without free media it would be a bit like propaganda where you mislead people by not giving them the right to get informed and presented with different views through media. It's almost like forcing people to go one way, because another way is not presented since free media is banned. Democracy without free media is no different from dictatorship, as it allows the government to control the people into a certain direction just like propaganda. You can say that a democratic society cannot function without free media, as without it, it would be contradicting what democracy itself stands for. In other words free media is a fundamental pillar for democracy, and without that pillar democracy would collapse and not function as it should. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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