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Focus Group: Mass Media Impact on Public Perception

Topic and Goals

Our perception of information presented in the mass media is shaped by obvious factors such as cultural bias, corporate influence, and other social forces, but also by less measurable aspects of presentation such as timing, repetition, and selectivity. This group will examine from several perspectives how these factors affect the public's perception of events, via commentary, fiction, art, and other objects in newspaper, magazine, television, film, video, music, and other types of media. The group's overall goal is to explore this topic from several avenues, and look for common themes among them.


Individual Topics

- Perception of privacy in the media - [How the mass media reduce invisibility of phenomena or increase transparency] - somewhat related to privacy

- Mass media and cultural exploitation