IMPACT OF NEWS MEDIA ON THE AMERICAN CULTURE Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Introduction Over the past several years the influence of mass media has experienced exponential growth as a result of advancements in technology (Arias 2016). Initially people were depended on books newspapers and magazines. Later attention shifted to films radio television and until recently the internet. In our contemporary world almost everybody depends on information and communication to make it through their daily activities such as education work leisure entertainment and personal relationships (Arias 2016). It is common to wake up and check the mobile phone for notifications and messages watch TV or read the newspaper for the latest events happening in America. The importance of the information we get from news media has been so tremendous such that it influences the kind of decisions we make. This has made us reliant on mass media for current facts defined by what we see and hear through the press. Therefore the media has a significant influence on the political social and economic situation in the United States of America. Besides the media has a direct impact on public opinion depending on what they choose to cover and what they avoid. Fake news can however give contradicting information hence result in conflict. ReferencesArias E. (2016). How does media influence social norms? a field experiment on the role of common knowledge. Working paper 1-29. Bertsch C. (1998). " The Personal is Paranormal": Professional Labor on The X-Files. American Studies 39(2) 107-127. Bittner J. R. (1977). Mass Communication: An Introduction; Theory and Practice of Mass Media in Society 4-26. Jensen R. & Oster E. (2009). The power of TV: Cable television and women's status in India. The Quarterly Journal of Economics 124(3) 1057-1094. Katzman D. M. (1998). TV and American culture. American Studies 39 5-12. [...]
Write an 300- to 400-word essay that discusses how the news media impact American culture. Are the news media widely trusted by Americans? Why or why not? Has the level of trust in the media changed over time? Did Americans have more or less trust in the media in the past? If there has been change, what might have affected the change? Do the news media have social responsibility? If yes, in what ways? If not, why not? What is the role of the news media in the shaping of political opinions? How is technology changing the way Americans get their news? This paper is an essay, so it should have a brief introduction at the beginning and a brief summary/conclusion at the end. In your conclusion, reflect on how "fake news" endangers citizens in a democracy. Cite at least two referenced sources to support claims made. Your submitted essay should be written in Word format. Follow APA style and include a title page at the beginning of your essay. Use an APA format reference page at the end of your paper.