Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Deborah Smith Howell
Like the air we breathe, the media permeate our society. Twenty-four hours a day news and information is available from all reaches of the earth. Because the majority of our knowledge of the world around us comes from the media, they have tremendous power over how people, places and events are perceived (Graber, 1997). Whether the story publicizes controversial issues such as same-sex marriage, or tugs at patriotic themes like flag burning, by giving air times or column inches, media imply certain values and beliefs and newsworthy. In a democratic society, media do not say what to think, but highlighting people, places and events through their reporting, news media indicate what to think about (Levy & Robinson, 1986).
May, Sarah T., "Five Women in American Politics Spanning 1917-1993 A Rhetorical Criticism of News-Coverage from the New York Times" (1999). Student Work. 3135.