Media Bias

Media Bias

Media Bias

Media Bias

Synopsis

In the field of social policy, some topics are so complicated that they will always be subject to debate. Since no clear right or wrong exists, they are consigned to the gray areas of ongoing dispute. Among such issues open for debate both across America and in this eye-opening series are capital punishment, genetic engineering, gun control, and global warming. Others involve terrorism and chemical and biological warfare, two outright evils, though with highly disputable solutions. Open for Debate explores the past, present, and future to shed light on complex, high-priority public policy. a lucid, readily accessible format offers the pros and cons of each issue with opinions from social policy experts. It features sidebars of fascinating facts and easy-to-understand diagrams of key statistics. Open for Debate introduces future public policy thinkers to both sides of twenty-first-century, life-and-death concerns.

Excerpt

News and entertainment media play a very important role in contemporary life. The leisure time of millions of people is devoted to paying attention to the media, in the form of broadcasting (television and radio), text (newspapers, magazines, and books), and the Internet. An army of technicians, managers, writers, editors, and broadcast personalities deliver this content to its consumers. Politicians and organizations make constant use of the media, carefully shaping the public perception of their ideas and products. An entire profession of public relations revolves around the skillful use of the media to sway public opinion and boost sales.

The money and power at stake in the media business are huge. Billions of dollars are spent on advertising in the media, and many billions more are spent by media companies to produce and deliver content to the consumer. Broadcast licenses issued by the federal government are coveted by private companies. Newspapers printed in the media capitals—Washington, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles— are distributed all over the country. The information media . . .

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