Mass Media - key terms

Mass media
Forms of communication (media) that reaches large (mass) audiences.
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Newspapers, news articles, news stories
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Media on TV and radio
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Electronic media
Media on the internet
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When the audience participate in the creation of media e.g. by voting on X-Factor
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The coming together of different forms of media e.g. On a smartphone, there is music, apps, internet, films etc
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Media that is about other media e.g. film reviews
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The opening up of the world economically through production & consumption.
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A generalised view on a group of people
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A part that a person is expected to play/how someone is expected to act
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Print Media
Media that is printed on paper e.g. books, newspapers
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Audio-Visual media
Media delivered through hearing or seeing e.g. radio, TV
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Cyber & digital nedua
Going into a non-reality world through media e.g. games
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Cross-media ownership
Global media corporations investing in a wide range of media products e.g. News Corp has magazines, newspapers, books etc
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Vertical Interfration
Media companies have economic vontrol of all aspects of the production to make maximum profits e.g. film companies maing own cinema chains
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Bringing media onto products e.g. Virgin music label brought to banking, transport, TV etc
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Global congloneration
Companies that are widespread all over the world e.g. Tesco
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Technological Convergence
Several technologies put into one media product e.g. smartphones
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Restrictions imposed by the government on what the media can publish
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Media Blackout
Not giving out any information on someone/something for a period of time for security or safety reasons
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Official Secrets Act
Keeping government information secret/classified
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Liable Laws / Slander Laws
The law that the media cannot publish stories that are lies and untrue about someone/an event
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Certificate rating
The age limit on who can view something e.g. 12 means under 12s cannot access something
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Broadcating Code
The law that states limitations on racism. discrimination, sexism etc
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Name given for editors: they 'open' or 'close' the 'gate' to let in stories to show the public or disregard stories so we won't know about them
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News Values
Factors that editors check a story against to see whether it is newsworthy and good enough to sell to maximise profit
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Moral panic
When media become particulary concerned about a particular subject and write lots of stories on it so the public worry a lot and panic
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Deviancy amplification
Exaggeration of a deviant/bad or criminal act to make it seem worse
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Folk devil
Group of people 'picked on' by media by deviancy amplification creating moral panic
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Media only showing one type of person in a role
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Teaching of norms and values affecting the audience's behaviour
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Media not showing certain people or roles so when we do see them it is seen as ununusal
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Constant showing of one type of image in the media to make it seem 'normal'
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Role models
A certain lifestyle, role or way to behave or dress shown by people in the media that make us want to imitate them
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How we see ourselves and define ourselves
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The deliberate or actual distortion of events reported to give a one-sided view
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