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Mass Media

Discussion in 'THREAD ARCHIVES' started by Minibit, Mar 10, 2016.

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  1. "Mass Media" is a term that describes any means of communicating which reaches a massive group of people. Mass Media are HUGE shapers of culture! On Earth, some of the most prevalent forms of mass media have been:

    • Books
    • Newspapers
    • Radio
    • Television
    • Movies
    • the Internet
    Some concerns about the impact of mass media on culture (validity aside) include:
    • That violence in media will cause aggressive behaviour
    • That "lowbrow" content will cause the dumbing-down of society
    • That mass-produced, uniform content will reduce cultural diversity
    Some praise / good things that have been said about mass media (validity aside) include:
    • Fast and widespread communication contributes to the creation of a global village
    • It allows creators to share their content with much larger audiences
    • It spreads important information (such as news) faster
    • It helps the sharing of knowledge and facilitates education
    In this expansion, you will create a mass media for your world!

    Name: (What's it called?)
    Function: (What's it do?)
    Use: (what is it typically used for?)
    Invention: (Who first came up with it, how did they do it and what prompted them to try?)
    Development: (How did the product change and improve from initial invention to a form popular enough to become a mass media?)
    Commercial Value: (Mass media become mass because they are marketed to a mass audience for profit (hence the development stage making them more efficient both to use and to produce; how did this come about with yours?)
    Demographic: (Who uses it? Middle class folks? Upper class folk? For something to be mass media, it doesn't need to be for *everyone*, but it does need to be for masses of people.)
    Cultural Impact: (How does the presence and/or content of this mass media affect the culture of your world?)
    Extra: (Anything else we should know?)
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