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Sensationalism In The Media Essay

3175 words - 13 pages

Sensationalism in the Media
HUMN 437-Society, Ethics, & Technology
Professor Geoffrey Morris

Table of Contents
History of Media Sensationalism – LaShonda Craig
a. How was information given to the audience before technology
b. How information is given to the audience through technology
Political and Legal influences – LaShonda Craig
a. How does the political issues influence the media
b. How does legal issues influence the media
Economic Questions and Considerations – Don Washington
a. Who will make money from the media sensationalism
b. How much money is the media paying to get the top story
Psychological considerations and sociological ...view middle of the document...

There have been numerous events that occurred in our society that possibly would have had different outcomes without sensationalism from the media. The trials of O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, Jon Benet Ramsey, and many other high profile stories turned everyday criminal cases into “bigger than life” sensations in the media. Most media outlets have taken a by any means necessary approach to journalism instead of what’s best for the parties involved and those tuned in to their reports.
The Historical Development and Context of the Technology
We all have been curious to know how information from the media was given to people before technology. Back in the 1920’s and 1930’s, television didn’t exist. Newspapers and radio were the only means of relaying news to the people. Later on going into the 1940’s and 1950’s, black and white televisions were invented. That was the beginning of television news. Could you just imagine if you were living back in the 1920’s and 1930’s and did not have television? The only way that you could get your news is from the radio or the newspaper. There wasn’t such a thing as You Tube, Facebook, or Twitter; just radio and newspaper.
Moving forward, the question in this day and time is how is information currently given to the audience through technology? There are all types of ways to get information. Today, we have television with satellite TV or cable, we still have newspapers, and now with the use of computers and websites we have Yahoo News, MSN News, Google News, and many other websites that have news and information for the people. With the invention of social networking, Facebook and Twitter have also become another good way to get news and information to the public expeditiously. In addition, another good advancement in technology is the use of email and web on iPhone’s, Android’s, and Blackberry smartphones. Now most news media outlets and websites like Yahoo and Google have an app for news so that people can get up to date news. You can also subscribe to some of these websites and alerts, which are sent to your email and smartphone. Even at most universities and colleges, there is some type of system in place where students can receive messages by email and text for important news. In my opinion, I think that technology has made it better for all of us to receive news and information on the go. Technology has made life simpler for us.
Political and legal influences in the media
This is a question that is on everyone’s mind today and especially since this is the year that we vote for a new president. The question that everyone wants to know is how do the political issues influence the media? The media has a way of blowing things way out of proportion. For example, let’s take the current political race. In this Republican race, the media is playing a huge part in the political race. Let’s face it, when one of the candidates makes a mistake it’s all over the news. Remember when Gov. Rick Perry forgot the...

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