What is Mass Media?

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What is Mass Media?
Mass media refers to the many ways that information reaches a large group of people. Sociologists study mass media to see its affects on socialization, social movement, and social power (Chegg, “Definition of Mass Media”).
Examples of mass media:
Television
Radio
Movies
Newspaper
Internet
Importance of Mass Media in Society
Mass media is important in society because it reflects the lives, roles, and interests of the people. The media creates the culture and these messages promote not only products, but moods, attitudes, and a sense of what is and what is not important. People rely on mass media in their everyday lives for personal, business, family, and leisurely use (CliffNotes). Mass media sets a standard for what our society should value as a whole. In addition, without mass media we would be left uninformed and less socially connected as a country.

Mass Media’s Progress Over the Years
Mass media has changed radically over the last century along with life, in general, media has changed alongside through the industrial revolution and urbanization, keeping up with the times as they change
The development of new technology has driven the rise of new forms of media (Lule)
Almost all media is electronic-based today and is largely much more accessible (Lule)
Television and radio replaced print media and now the internet is beginning to usurp the place of older electronic sources of information
The rapid nature of new forms of electronic media sometimes
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