U. S. Government: Democracy In Action

Chapter 19: The Mass Media

Chapter Overviews

We depend on the mass media for news, entertainment, and information. Chapter 19 explains the influence of mass media on individuals, interest groups, and government.

Section 1 describes how media impact government and how various levels of government use media to achieve their goals.

Section 2 explores federal regulation of the media. The First Amendment guarantees freedom from censorship, but federal regulations try to provide fairness and wide access to the media.

Section 3 explores how the Internet has rapidly grown into a major form of mass media. The Internet has become a common way to gain information about and participate in government.

US Government: Democracy In Action
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