Mass media is the media that is used and distributed over large groups of people on several different platforms. The parts of mass media are usually put into the same categories. Politics, Entertainment/lifestyle, Sports, and general news stories. The reason people study this in college is because of how extensive mass media is and how much control and influence it has in the society we live in. (Lazarsfeld and Merton) I don’t agree with the difference because i think that as soon as the press was even invented the same categories that were used back then I still used today. The only real difference with new media is that information is recieved alot faster and there is alot more avaliable to the general public.