Electronic Media vs Print (Thesis Paper)

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Electronic Media
VS.
Print

Where America Gets Its News

Table of Contents

Abstract…………………………………………………………………………….…3 Introduction………………………………………………………….......................…4 Premise Statement………………………………………………….…………………4 Personal Limitation………………………………………………….......................…5 Methodology…………………………………………………………………….……5 Section 1: Birth of Electronic Media and its Popularity…………………….……6 Radio……………………………………………………………………………….…6

Humble Beginnings………………………………………………………......6
From Navigation to News and Entertainment………………......................…8
The “New” Radio: Digital Satellite…………………………...……….……10 Television………………………………………………………………………...…12
Small Screen, Big Possibilities……………………………………..….……12
Now in Color……………………………………………..………….…..….15
HDTV…………………………………………………………..……….…..16 Internet……………………………………………………………………….......….17
“For Government Use Only”………………………………………….. …...17
Electronic Mail: An Innovative Way to Send News……..………...........….23
Going Global: The World Wide Web……………………………….…...…24 Section 2: Electronic Media versus Print…………………………….…………..26 Electronic Media’s Impact on Society……………………………………...………26 Society Embrace Electronic Media…………………………………...…….26 Negative Effects of Electronic Media……………………………………....30 Attitudes Towards Electronic and Print Media…………………….………32 Newspapers: Top Dog to Under Dog………………………………………………37

Origins of Newspapers…………………………………………………..…37
Personal Journalism: When Newspapers Shaped Public Opinion…………39
Downward Spiral of Newspapers…………………………………….……40 Conformity to Change - Newspapers: The “Comeback Kid”…………….………43
Newspapers Adjusts………………………………………………...……..46
Newspapers Online………………………………………………….…….48
The Comeback Kid?…………………………………………...………….50 Section 3: The People Speak…………………………………………………….54 Survey Findings…………………………………………………………….……..56
What the Numbers Imply………………………………………………….57
Media’s Response to Public Demand………………………….………….58 Conclusion and Recommendation…………………………………………...……57 Bibliography………………………………………………………………..……..59

Abstract

Electronic media has the propensity to reach people on a broader scale than print media in that this form of media takes on the qualities of a fast food restaurant: The speed in its delivery to the public is faster; news is made to order, and the medium works well in a world that increasingly values expediency. Because of these qualities, electronic media has become the preferred source over print media in which society utilizes to get information about news events from around the world.

This thesis is intended to demonstrate why electronic media has surpassed print media as being the first source society utilizes to obtain information about global news events. It discusses in detail the origins of print and electronic media and how they have evolved over time into becoming the highly influential mediums they are today. It will also explain how electronic media, with the advent of advance technology, has become more attractive to the public in comparison to print and how print media has fought to stay alive in this electronic age.

In addition, this thesis will provide insight on how the general public has had an “on again, off again” relationship with news media, both electronic and print, due, on the most part, to the lack of credibility that news media has in this day in age. My research will touch on the negative affects of electronic news and how images displayed on television attribute to preconceived beliefs about people and events from around the world.

Introduction

My thesis paper focuses on the recognition media has gained over the years as the primary source to obtain information. My research outlines the history of electronic and print media and will show how electronic media has accelerated and extended beyond the realm of print. Further, my research focuses on the effects of electronic media on society and how it has ingrained itself in our everyday lives....
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