Role of Mass Media in Politics Essay

1770 Words Sep 23rd, 1999 8 Pages
Role Of Mass Media In Politics

In this discussion I call upon two movies as examples and evidence to examine the role of mass media in politics. The two movies I will use for this basis are The Candidate and All the Presidents Men. Today, the art of governing a society seems to be much dictated or prescribed by what the assemblage of the citizens of the United States say or express to the mass media. Thus, the government and politicians listening to and acting upon our very wishes and desires. Or looking at this in another point of view; The mass media relays to us as citizens the news or information about the administration as conveyed or set forth by the administration as the "truth". I believe that
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They differ in the angles at which they approach their respective story. For instance in The Candidate, television is the main means of communication to the public for the fresh upstart and the incumbent running for the office of senator. Television can give almost exactly what the two candidates want. Short spots in which they convey their beliefs, ideas and towards the end, slander for one another. Television provides to us up to the minute, flashy, visual, auditory messages and it has proven to be a good way in which to get a certain point across in a specified amount of time, for a price. The political role of the media has expanded immensely by means of the television set, in what media theorist Marshal Mcluhan called our planet
"the global village."1 In All the President's Men the role that media plays takes a different note to reflect the hard hitting sword in the form of the printed word of newspapers. Newspapers are very powerful in the sense that they are print, and most people still believe that what they read is true, instead of taking everything at face value, gathering together several other sources of information and then making the decision to agree or disagree. So with substantial evidence, newspapers can print stories and or allegations that bring about many stirring revelations, as many citizens get their daily dose of news by reading the lowdown that is delivered to them right at their front door every
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