Media and Culture

American mass media and culture are deeply intertwined, and it’s hard to imagine an aspect of American culture that isn’t influenced by mass media. Spirituality, politics, and even our language is influenced by media. In this assignment, you will investigate how 2 different types of media have impacted American culture.

Choose 2 types of media from the following list:

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  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • TV
  • Movies
  • Radio
  • Internet

Write a 600- to 900-word paper that examines the impact the two types of media you selected have had on American culture since 1970.

Include the following in your paper:

  • Describe how the two types of media you selected have generally influenced American culture since 1970.
  • For each type of media, identify two specific examples that have had a cultural impact and explain the impact. For example, “Schoolhouse Rock, a series of short cartoons with memorable songs that taught history, math and English, debuted in 1973. For the first generation raised fully on television, these songs became a key part of early education and helped strengthen the drive for other educational programming at the time like Sesame Street, Zoom and Electric Company. We see their continuing effects in programming today like Paw Patrol which teaches social and knowledge-based skills.”

Cite sources to support your assignment.


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