Journalism 190

Week 1
summaries & lecture-related material

"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people." -- Martin Luther King

Eight functions of mass media
The functions that media perform for society
Questions to ponder
Some questions, including a theoretical one by Harold Laswell, to think about during the quarter
A model of mass communication in America
Pilgrim's take on media content
First Amendments
Facts regarding the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Meiklejohn assertions
Alexander Meiklejohn assertions regarding freedom of speech and the First Amendment
Schiller's assertions about media content
Some important myths that structure American media content -- as asserted by the late Herbert Schiller, who studied mass communication from an economic perspective
Communications systems, common factors, commercially funded media findings
Lecture-related material about the world's communications funding systems, Herbert Altschull's common factors of press models -- and Pamela Shoemaker's findings regarding content of media systems that are commercially funded
Robert McChesney concepts
Definitions of synergy, hypercommercialism, etc. & an overview of "The Political Economy of Media"
Important points from "The New Media Monopoly," Chapters 1 and 2
The corporations, Ben Bagdikian says in "The New Media Monopoly," that control most American media -- and why
"Tough Guise" -- a summary of the video

No Web summary of "The Corporation" will be posted. For Quiz 1 take notes on the the six pathological attritutes of corporations (callous unconcern for others' feelings; incapacity to maintain enduring relationships; reckless disregard for others' safety; deceitfulness, repeated lying & conning others for profit; incapacity to experience guilt; failure to conform to social norms with respect to lawful behaviors) and the "mindset" (driven by profit, no guilt, predatory, focused on market share and competition) of corporations. Also, think about the implications for society by corporations in the IBM/Nazi example ("Taking the right side" segment).

In Pilgrim's summary of "Tough Guise" (above) and other summaries posted this quarter, students should note for exam study the material that is capitalized, bolded, italicized or emphasized in a similar manner.

Book information:
Urls with lists of banned books and discussions on this extreme form of abridging freedom of speech:
Books Blog -- Banned Books Online (by The Online Books Page from -- Beacon for Freedom of Expression --
and Books Challenged or Banned in 2010-11: Books Challenged or Banned

Class note:
Remember, Town Hall meeting #1 is scheduled in our regular classroom (AW 210) Friday -- 15 points for attendance.

First-day response
The 5-point in-class writing question assigned Day 1

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