The Press and Its Functions

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THE PRESS
“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets” – Napoleon. “The power of the press is very great, but not as great as the power to suppress”__ Lord Northcliffe. The press is at the present day, a great power in the land. Newspapers have become an essential part of our daily life. No literate person can do without newspaper these days. The first thing one does in the morning is to seize the paper and glance through its pages hungrily. Newspapers contain a tremendous amount of news, news of every country and of every clime. They keep us in touch with the entire world, a railway collision, a social gathering all these find a place in newspapers. Travel exploration and scientific research are also described. During time of war, they particular satisfy for information. Every movement of the armies, every military plan, every battle lost or won, is accurately described. Indeed we feel considerably annoyed if we do not get our daily paper at the accustomed hour every mooring. The press is the most powerful of all the organs for the expression of the news and views about men and things. The press is by economists as a necessity of modern life. With the growth of literacy and the development of the means of communication they are playing a very important of the means of communication they are playing a very important role in society. What are the functions of the press?

To Serve the Economic System
The United States economy is fueled by advertising, which brings buyer and seller together. Both the media and advertisers earn profits, and both are highly criticized, yet they help keep the economy moving. The media in some countries are financed or partially financed by the government, such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC); some are totally owned by governments as a way to influence what is published, as the newspaper Pravada was in Russia. To Entertain

This is the biggest function of American mass media. Television is...
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