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5: Mass Communication and Social Media

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    • 5.1: Mass Communication - A definition
      We will define communication as the process of generating meaning by sending and receiving verbal and nonverbal symbols and signs that are influenced by multiple contexts. This definition builds on other definitions of communication that have been rephrased and refined over many years. In fact, there have been more than 126 published definitions of communication. In order to get a context for how communication has been conceptualized and studied, this chapter looks at a history of the field.
    • 5.2: The Evolution of Modern Media (1800s-2000s)
      “Well, how did I get here?” a baffled David Byrne sings in the Talking Heads song, “Once in a Lifetime.” The contemporary media landscape is so rich, deep, and multifaceted that it’s easy to imagine American media consumers asking themselves the same question. In 2010, Americans could turn on their television and find 24-hour news channels, as well as music videos, nature documentaries,
    • 5.3: Social Media and Web 2.0
      Although GeoCities lost market share, and although never really made it to the 21st century, social networking has persisted. There are many different types of social media available today, from social networking sites like Facebook to blogging services like Blogger and All these sites bring something different to the table, and a few of them even try to bring just about everything to the table at once.
    • 5.4: The Effects of the Internet and Globalization on Popular Culture and Interpersonal Communication
      It’s in the name: World Wide Web. The Internet has broken down communication barriers between cultures in a way that could only be dreamed of in earlier generations. Now, almost any news service across the globe can be accessed on the Internet and, with the various translation services available (like Babelfish and Google Translate), be relatively understandable. In addition to the spread of American culture throughout the world, smaller countries are now able to cheaply export culture, news, en
    • 5.5: Cultural Imperialism
      Cultural imperialism was around long before the United States became a world power. In its broadest strokes, imperialism describes the ways that one nation asserts its power over another. Just as imperial Britain economically ruled the American colonists, so did Britain strongly influence the culture of the colonies. The culture was still a mix of nationalities—many Dutch and Germans settled as well—but the ruling majority of ex-Britons led British culture to generally take over.
    • 5.6: Ethics of Mass Media


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