Influence Of Mass Media

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Mass Media: Development and Literacy
Alicia Nunez
Media Influences on American Culture
Allyson Wells

Mass Media: Development and Literacy
In the last century mass media has went from paper to digital, these major developments have influenced American culture in many ways.
Newspapers have been around from the beginning they provide readers with information of practical value such as; television schedules, weather maps, and listings of stock prices. In addition newspapers provide a source of entertainment through their stories, comic strips and crossword puzzles. One of the most important functions of the newspaper is to provide citizens with information on government and politics. However new
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People could find out what was happening in the world quickly after it happened and it was much faster than waiting for the newspapers to print a story.
Between the 1940s and 2000s, commercial television had a profound and wide-ranging impact on American society and culture. It influenced the way that people think about such important social issues as race, gender, and class. It played an important role in the political process, particularly in shaping national election campaigns. TV programs and commercials have also been mentioned as major factors contributing to increased American materialism. Finally, television helped to spread American culture around the world ("Television's Impact on American Society and Culture - Dictionary definition of Television's Impact on American Society and Culture | FREE online dictionary," n.d.).
The digital era rapidly grew into the internet which gave the average person empowerment. Through the internet a person can promote themselves or opinions for the world to see. The computer and the internet are valuable and indispensable tools for society. The impact that these tools have had on our lives is immense and to this day it continues to grow. On a scholastic basis, the amount of information and data that one can obtain through the internet is immense. On the other hand, it is also important that we, as individuals, take responsibility for our actions. It has to be understood that at some point the

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