Mass media began with Johannes Guttenberg’s printing press. Citizens of the lower class gained a more widespread access to information than they had ever known, surging forward the intelligence of commoners. With this enhanced intellect came more advanced inventions, thus disseminating information even further. From the late 1800s and throughout the 1900s, technological innovations brought about recording devices, cinematography, broadcast media, such as radio and television, and digital media. Media as a whole has come under speculation in the past but never has it been criticized enough for what it truly does to its audience. Those who control each medium are given unconditional power to pick and choose what information is broadcast by that medium. This practice is called agenda setting and can lead to what is known as cultivation of perceptions. Cultivation is an overwhelmingly infectious practice due to the fact that a select few influence the opinions of many. Ma...
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