An aim of pressure groups is to generate support which can influence political agendas; this can directly persuade the government to consider taking action. In this essay I will concentrate upon exploring on various issues on pressure groups, discussing the relationship between the groups, their use of the media and their status as “insiders” and “outsiders” in the political process. Pressure groups have two main types of groups the insiders and outsiders, which each promote a common cause with a different relationship with the media and political party making one as an unheard voice in the public sphere. To the public Pressure groups is another form where the public can engage in politics, participating directly in the political process. I will also intricate in this essay the growths of pressure groups due to the use of the media and their political engagement.
The reasons mentioned throughout this paper are just some of the many ways in why a journalist might account for the story’s bias, and why news organizations thrive and depend upon such methods. Also, one of the most important key concepts to keep in mind when discussing bias in the media is that much has changed with new technologies. Just for example, budgets have been more restricting, consumer expectations have changed, and the audience expects stories to be shorter and more visual. With this being said, there are not always internal pressures, but there are physical and external restrictions and limitations that encourage bias as well.
In conclusion I have noted several methods of news media that the public has access to. Many personalities have different methods of getting their opinion to the public and some try to stick with one or two at the most. All of these methods greatly influence public opinion concerning politics and politicians. In this country, public opinion is incredibly important to the success of politicians or movements. If you don’t carry a significant number of people in this country your success as a politician is not going to happen.
The expansion of technology in this day and age has resulted in a generation that demands new information at a speedy rate. The media plays a vital role in informing the public about politics, campaigns and elections. Although the media comes under a lot of heat for presenting alleged media bias to its followers, what is often put on the back burner is the influence that the media has on the government; and, vice versa the influence that the government has on the media. There is a palpable cyclic relationship between the government, the media, and the public. The media serves as the messenger to the general public and reports back to the public about all that occurs in government.
It is interesting to comprehend the relation between media content and political power. What biases do the media experience in producing news in relation to government interests? Media, according to Herman and Chomsky, has a tendency toward elites’ political interests; media tend to follow official’s agendas. Herman and Chomsky proved this generalization through the use of terminologies and the way they place such kind of news (a foreign country’s election or attitudes toward countries) in US’ newspapers (with regards to number of news, editorial page, and front page of newspapers). Herman and Chomsky could be true when we relate their idea with Gan’s notion that (people behind) media tend to have ethnocentrism, and even possessed with patriotic spirit when there are political conflicts between the country where media is originally produced and its foreign countries as their perceived enemies.
On the other hand, the same politicians who criticize the media attempt to sway and dominate it, trying to get their messages out to the electorate. What does this say about journalism in the current age? To start with it speaks about the substantial presence the media has in our political system. In many ways, our democracy depends on the media, just as much as the media depends on the political system of a country. As said by Angela Phillips and Tamara Wtschge, “Information is to democracy what oxygen is to fire.
The media is a huge form of communication and source of information in the United States; on one side of the dispute are the beliefs that the media is too opinionated. On the other side are the beliefs that the media is just a simple informer that just reports the facts. The main issue for both of these beliefs is: does the media affect opinions on the issues from opinionated reports, or does it just report the facts that public may already know? If one could answer this question then they would know if the media was responsible or not for writing history. The media is a form of communication used to reach the general public to form audiences for information, artistic expression, and other kinds of messages (Marc, David, “Mass Media.” Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia.
The Effect of Media on American Politics Popular opinion credits media with great power to shape not only what topics the average individual thinks about, but also how they think about those subjects. Recent research in the fields of Political Science, Psychology, Economics, and Communications supports this opinion. The average individual lives life at arm’s length from the world of public affairs. An individual’s perception of what is important is influenced by the media through various methods. Primary methodologies include: learning – the persuasion of individuals through acquisition of information from the media; agenda control – the use of media bias or campaign rhetori... ... middle of paper ... ... parties are already beginning to utilize these methods of communication with a high degree of success.
This essay attempt to provide a critical analysis of the role of media in empowering the voices of challenger groups such as protesters, terrorists, activists etc. and the implications of unchecked interactions with these marginalised groups by media. A one piece write up is adopted to address the argument put forward in order to attain the objective of this paper in a systematic manner. News media is a significant part of the daily activities and experience of the society. The news media disseminate of information to large and heterogeneous audiences.
Media of Conflict argues that the media serves several purposes in the continuance of conflict. First it claims, “national media coverage has had the effect of exacerbating conflict as a result of conscious political strategies by political activists”(Allen 3). This has often been the case when politicians have the support of journalists, and they work in conjunction to present a certain image full of sensationalism and less insight. The second claim is that “wars are what the media makes of them”(Allen 3). This does apply to the shaping of military strategies but more importantly deals with representation of violence.