Is the media biased? What type of media is the best? How do you know who to trust? In this volume of Opinions Throughout History, we take a look at America’s relationship with the media from the Colonial Era papers that helped start and support the American Revolution to the explosion of social media and the current controversy over media legitimacy. Along the way, we will look at issues like the Supreme Court battles over libel laws, the perception of bias and its relationship to propaganda, the evolution of journalistic ethics and the state of American media literacy, and how technology shaped our media environment over the long road from telegram to television to the 24-hour news cycle.
Each chapter starts with a brief Introduction, List of Topics Covered, and the source document discussed in the chapter. The body of the text discusses the document from its historical context to its relationship to public opinion. Most documents are reprinted in their entirety and clearly distinguished by a shaded title bar. In addition to helpful subtitles, photos and other images, sidebars provide an often-lighter perspective on the time period being discussed. Each chapter ends with a brief Conclusion, thoughtful Discussion Questions, and a list of Works Used.
Using carefully-chosen original documents that cover a wide time span, Opinions Throughout History weaves a thoughtful and easy-to-understand analysis of how public opinion is formed and evolves, starting the discussion at an historical, seminal moment, and ending with where we stand today.
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