Mass Media & Shaping of Public Perception

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Mission Statement

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.

 

Group Members and Individual Topics

Janet Kaaya
Topic: Media access restrictions and censorship during war
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Anna Liza Posas
Topic: Cultural representation and views in media and popular culture
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Shauna Redmond
Topic: Mass media and propaganda
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Jennifer Sweeney
Topic: Can the Internet Police Itself?
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Annie Zeidman
Topic: Visual literacy and the geography of war
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