This work explores how social media, now the dominant means of communication in this country, has changed individual access to information and who controls distribution of that information, which significantly influences our opinions. This volume also considers Americans’ opinions about the media itself i.e., freedom of speech and of the press, trustworthiness of social media, propaganda, cyberbullying, and if regulations are needed. As a resource for exploring the influences on American values, Opinions Throughout History: Social Media provides an essential and an accessible commentary on the ways in which advances in communication technologies and practices have shaped American opinion and history.
Each chapter includes a valuable introduction and conclusion, a bulleted list of topics covered, a reprint of a particularly significant primary or secondary source document, detailed analysis and commentary of that document, images and photographs, and discussion questions. The work also includes a Timeline, Glossary, Historical Snapshot, Bibliography, and Index.
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