Media Lit 2017–2018 Post #1
Recall the primary argument (or message) of the piece of media we examined last week — the documentary Shadows of Liberty. The documentary broke down the history of the monopolization of mass media in the United States, and claimed that this was a big problem for our access to information as citizens and, therefore, it was a problem for our democracy. If your memory of the content of the documentary is a little shaky, please refer to your viewing guides and feel free to skim or read the opinion article linked here.
After thoughtful reflection, answer the following questions in a post from your personal Medium account.
- Based on the documentary’s views, why is monopolization of media a problem for our society? Be as clear and specific as you can, including three specific (can be hypothetical) examples of how the monopolization of media can influence us negatively as consumers.
- Examine #2 on the post-viewing discussion questions on the back of your viewing guide and your response to it. Now, elaborate on and explain your stance on the question (what’s more important — less regulation on media businesses or less monopolization of media. Be clear and specific.
In formatting your post, be sure to do the following:
a. Be sure your post is from your own account, not a reply or comment to this one. Title your post “Media Lit Post #1 — Monopolization of Media”
b. ANSWER IN COMPLETE SENTENCES. Use the very best of your grammar and mechanics.
c. Tag your post “Ashmanmedialit” before you publish. Do this in the “Ready to Publish?” tag box, not by writing #Ashmanmedialit.”
These posts are your first grade for content in this class. You will not be assessed on your understanding (yet), but on the completeness and depth of your answers. One sentence answers that do not follow the directions above will received reduced scores, as they will show me you haven’t been thoughtful and they don’t give me enough to give feedback on.