the process by which citizens acquire politically relevant knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and patterns of behavior.
Study of population including:births, deaths, income, or the incidence of disease, which illustrate the changing structure of human populations
Political ideologies are values, norms, and beliefs and are concerned with the proper functions of the government. American ideology is liberalism.
Pursue the liberal or conservative agendas ex: Americans for Democratic Action. American Conservative Union.
an ideology that regards individuals as rational beings capable of overcoming obstacles to a better world and supporting changes in the political and economic status quo.
John Locke believed in natural goodness of humans and felt that state gained this legitimacy from the consent of the governed and is formed mainly to protect individuals’ rights to life, liberty and property. Locke believed in limited Gov. and that the power rested on the consent of the governed.
Functions of the media:
How media sets up the public agenda:
An example of socializing process by the media:
media content aimed at specific segments of the public
Radio talk shows are dominated by what party?
Republican party (ex: Foxx News). CNN and others are controlled by democratic party.
The most influential form of media:
a view from the 19th century, that the government should play a minimal role in society and permit maximum economic freedom for the individual.
Democratization of government, economic reforms.
Social programs to cope with problems caused by industrialization; public limits on private corporate power.
The positive state; faith in solving problems collectively through government; programs to provide for the economic well-being of the nation, including the basic material needs of each individual; tolerance of various lifestyles.
Creation, not redistribution, of wealth; free trade; reform of entitlement programs; a strong but economical defense.
Early American Conservatism
Sanctity of private property; distrust of unchecked popular rule; duty of government to promote a healthy economic environment and virtuous citizenry.
Industrial Age Conservatism:
Laissez-faire economics; individualism; social Darwinism
Reduced spending on social programs; revamping tax policies to encourage economic growth strong military defense; little positive action to redness racial and gender discrimination; duty of government to promote a virtuous citizenry.
Skepticism of government's ability to solve social and economic problems; acceptance of modest welfare state; opposition to racial and gender quotas to redress discrimination; creation, not redistribution of wealth, assertive foreign policy.
Public ownership of basic industries, banks, agricultural enterprises, and communications systems; wage and price controls; redistribution of wealth to achieve true economic equality; expanded welfare programs.
Minimal government; protection of property of rights and freedom of individuals; no government regulation of the economy; non interventionist foreign policy; drastic reduction in defense spending.
Journalism that exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC):
An agency of the national government that regulates the telecommunications industry in the US, including the licensing and operation of all radio and tv stations
People who gather, write and report the news for newspapers, magazine, radio, tv, and internet
An official makes an announcement or attempts to explain a policy. Ex: In international hostage situations, much of the news originates with regular briefings given to reporters at the State Department
Current Press Secretary:
Jay Carney. Duties common for press secretaries include staying abreast of the news and public sentiment regarding the organizations for which they are employed. They may have to respond to inquiries from media sources or members of the public.
Statutes that protect the identity of journalists' news sources or their knowledge of criminal acts
Variables that predict political voting behavior
demographic variables: age, income, sex, gender, race, culture or religion
French for "leave things alone"; the view in economics that government should not interfere in the workings of the economy.
3 Types of Television Coverage:
management of news coverage
editors and journalists in newsrooms across the land decide in large measure what the American people will know about.
PBS Broadcasting channel in RGV:
Main reason for internet use by teens:
Who owns media?
private political parties. Except PBS and NPR which are aided by the public and government support.