Over the next week or so, we will examine media. We will discuss the small task you need complete later in the week.
Today, we will examine what shapes the news:
- We will begin with a lecture about the factors that shape the news (including a few spoofs and this video)
- Once we understand the nature of the news, we will examine these two clips: MSNBC on police actions during Occupy Wall Street and Fox News on Occupy Wall Street
- Finally, I will provide you with several versions of the same news stories. I’ll ask you to deconstruct these stories, and identify potential bias.