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What contributes to the Knowledge Gap?
a foundation of knowledge in something makes acquiring a new knowledge about that thing easier and funner
social pressures to learn about important issues
relatively high media literacy
when crises arise, people take means to communicate information to high and low statuses
the media set the agenda for out thoughts and actions
the media cant tell you what to think, but often tell you what to think about
Prominence in news = Prominence in peoples thoughts and conversations
What does the circle graph of eric watching the national tell us? (the one where it shows the percentages of when he stops watching)
it reflects his acceptance that the top stories are at the top of the news cast
the individuals relationship to society and the medias effect on this relationship
symbolic - interactions are based on symbolic exchanges (language, gestures, facial expressions, clothes, hairstyles)
interactionism - focuses on every day interactions as constituents of society
Society is made up of the sum total of its interactions. Symbolic interactionism focuses on this MICRO level of everyday interactions
What is unusual about George Herbert Mead?
the students published books after he died based on his papers and lecture notes
Most common book by G.H Mead?
Mind, Safety, and Society
Self = I & Me ( to society)
I - is how you present yourself to the society
Me - is how you think you presented yourself. The reflected self
Why did we play the George Herbert Mead game? (the one with the different personalities)
to experience how the self is shaped by social interactions
Why did we play the game where we had to answer quickly off of random words?
to show the social construction of reality
social construction of reality
our perceptions of reality are socially constructed
the media play a definitive role in shaping how we perceive reality