Using material from the Item and elsewhere, assess the view that media imperialism threatens ‘the cultural identities of many countries’. Media imperialism is the view that news is dominated by the West; as the media is linked to politics because of the benefits of capitalism, the effects of the media is threatening cultural identities with this same lifestyle which theorists such as Marxists disagree with. How media imperialism is threatening, what it is doing to threaten cultural identities and the effects of it need to be looked at to assess this matter properly. First of all it is how the Media imperialism is threatening cultural identities in other countries that is important to assess. The dominance and power of the west is affecting cultures.
A constitutional amendment takes an issue away from the normal process of democracy. However most proposals aren’t inspired by a broad national consensus but instead for political gains, e.g. the day after the Supreme Court ruled flag burning to be protected speech in 1989, the US representative Michael Bilirakis introduced an amendment outlawing desecration of the flag. Amendments to ban flag burning have been introduced in every session of Congress since, spanning more than two decades. Another reason why most proposed amendments fail to pass is the difficulties posed by the very complex amendment process.
Using powerful language, Jack Solomon stresses that advertisers do not persuade us, but they manipulate us into buying what they're offering. They don't offer us product information, but they exercise "behavior modification" : "Pleasing to our subconscious emotions, rather than our conscious intelligences, ads are designed to exploit the discontentments by the American dream, and also the constant desire for social success and the material rewards that accompany it” page 530. Advertisements say a lot about different people and what ideas are important at the time. In America, society is obsessed with status. Therefore, status symbols are very important.
David Lerner seeks to warn us of the ever increasing loss of control in our lives caused by external forces such as governments and corporations. He does so in his poem ‘Mein Kampf’, through the use of metaphor, allusion, simile, and hyperbole. It can also be said that Lerner wants us, the reader, to move away from the Gary Snyder aspects of poetry and move to a more realistic and rational manner of thinking. The main aim of advertising is to make us forgo our common sense and rationality, and believe whatever companies are telling us. Most of us are aware of this about advertising and yet we still get suckered in to their effects.
Through news briefings and highly orchestrated press tours, both sides try to make the most of successes and minimize setbacks. This is done through methods that range from spin control to pure propaganda. Spin control gives a partial picture of the truth, to portray an event, such as the results of a battle, in the best possible light. Propaganda is a tricky term that is often misused to label opposition statements as untrue; in fact, it means any information spread deliberately to further your cause, or to damage your opponent's, such as the leaflets dropped by the B-52s. "They are trying to manipulate world opinion in a way that is advantageous to them and disadvantageous to us," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says of the enemy.
No matter what one’s ideology is, some will blame a chamber of Congress, the other will blame the White House. It is clear that both used the proletariat masses as hostages to make the other side to capitulate because of their unnecessary suffering because of their willingness to throw a wrench in the cogs of the federal Government. In this day and age, partisan politics is just as much as a societal scourge as racism, sexism and other types of prejudicial strife. It is seemingly that the Founding Fathers intended to use a form of conflict theory that would keep American society in check. What has been called, “Checks and Balances” is indeed a form of conflict theory.
At the time that President Clinton was urging the Pentagon to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly only 40 percent of the public agreed with him (Belkin, 2007). Since that time, public attitudes and opinions have shifted in a more open-minded direction. Eight national polls have been conducted over the past several years to survey Americans’ feelings on the subject. Each poll, including conservative Fox News, found that between 58 and 71 percent of those polled believed that homosexuals should be allowed to serve openly in the military. As society becomes increasingly more accepting of gays and lesbians, it only stands to reason that serving openly in the military will become less of an issue; to corroborate this, a Gallup poll of young adults found that an astounding 91 percent were in favor of serving openly.
This is the idea that journalists and editors control what is considered newsworthy, and consequently what appears in the news. There are many unrecorded events that happen in the world that do not make the news. This may be for a number of reasons, mainly being that the ideology portrayed must reflect that of the powerful groups. This shows how the news is a social construction based on what people that have access to such media deem worth being published. News values may influence gatekeepers in deciding what to appear in news.
Rather, evidence points to a hybrid of them all. The sensationalised press undoubtedly cultivated mass jingoism amongst the American public, sparking a hysteric challenge to McKinley’s political prestige. Despite early reluctance from business constituents, by 1898 Wall Street financiers were also pushing interventionist agendas, therefore providing weight to the Marxist interpretation of a more planned, economically-based US imperialism (certainly prominent in subsequent efforts to muzzle Cuban and Filipino independence). Internal Hawks continued to vehemently criticise McKinley’s hesitation. The spectacular continental expansion Westward and the advent of new technologies during the industrial revolution were rapidly allowing for new concepts and new propositions.
Using material from Item A and elsewhere, assess sociological explanations of the role of the mass media in creating moral panics about crime and deviance. (21) A moral panic is an outrage that is stirred up by the media about a particular group or issue. The role of the mass media is to communicate to a large audience, whether it be written or spoken, though the radio, television, newspapers or the internet; as item A states the news media are one of our main sources of knowledge about crime and deviance. Often the media will create a moral panic surrounding crimes and criminals or deviants. Cohen’s explanation of folk devils and moral panics is highly relevant to understand the role of the mass media in creating moral panics about crime