NTC: Media, Politics and The Constructions of Political Realities

Newberry Teachers' Consortium
Friday, October 12, 2012

9:30 am- 12:30 pm

Catherine May, DePaul University

This seminar will explore the structural biases of the mass media and the ways in which political realities are framed and constructed. Specifically, the seminar will revolve around a number of questions such as:  What is the role of the media in American democracy? How do the media distort political reality? What are the sources of media power? How do ownership patterns of the mass media affect the type of information offered in the society? How has media de-regulation contributed to the nationalization of the news? How do political elites use the media for the own purposes? Are there consequences for American democracy in how the public is informed? How might the quality of information in American be improved? Particular attention and analysis will be given to the media coverage of the 2012 Presidential election and the media portrayals of the Iraq War.

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For registration information please contact Charlotte Wolfe at wolfec@newberry.org

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