American politics have been quite a spectacle because of the amount of influence the mass media has on it paired with the way in which American politics are run. Ideally, mass media is supposed to make it easier for people to participate in political decisions, understand how the government works, and hold government officials accountable. But in this day and age, the media is often used to manipulate and obscure the true form of political issues. Nowadays, the media is a giant in the world of politics, often being the one and only source for information for most Americans. Albeit the information being just that, information, most of the time, these stories are often too skewed and too far fetched to be believable but since it came from such
Media is in great demand because of its ease of use and because of having rich sources of information. Now people prefer media activities rather than face to face communication. Also journalists do not have special skills to teach media consumers some basic facts about government and politics while teachers have necessary
However, with the ease of access to the internet and the rise of citizen journalists and fake news sites, the public is finding more and more stories they most see shared are false. In fact, according to an analysis done by Buzzfeed News, found that false news stories were actually getting more Facebook engagement by about 100 000 engagements than the real news stories (Silverman). While one may not see this is as an immediate problem, it can have far reaching consequences when considering the function of the media. One of the media’s roles is to inform citizens of items that concern them (McNair 19). However, once the public’s trust in the fourth estate falters, this function of the media is severely impeded.
By utilizing the internet, Americans are able to make small donations, organize people to attend meetings, take instant opinion polls, criticize candidates and issues, mobilize local followers, and target campaigners. According to Forbes, “A new study finds that media shapes political involvement and engagement.” This is because the media allows people to receive information at a much faster rate than ever before. Because the media is already apart of American’s daily lives, speaking upon politics on the media is incredibly effective. It allows for many different people to come across information, especially through the usage of buttons like sharing, retweet, and reposting. Interconnecting and participating in exceptional discussions with others is quick through the use of the internet.
In addition to that, it is to promote their national interest, such as the security, natural resources preservation and the well-being of its citizen. In order to achieve this certain objective, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration such as the size of a state, the culture and history, leadership, technology, as well as the role of media. Media has become one of the powerful actors in foreign policy making due to its well development and growth over the years. It has its own role in influencing states foreign policy decision making in the world today. However, the role media is indeed being influenced
When people vote to elect leaders they often rely on the mass media to persuade them, which sometimes the politicians and media take advantage of this fact. Media can reach out to people by radio, advertising, mailing, pamphlets, television most often these days’ social media. A large amount of money is spent by politicians on media when they are campaigning, just to persuade voters who are unsure. Some politicians use television commercials and sometimes newspaper advertisements to point out the negatives in the opposition party while presenting themselves better. Another way media can influence politics is by deciding what news should be delivered to the people therefore, they chose stories that are most sensational and interesting for the people to hear and ones that can lift their ratings.
Political impact of Social Media Atheer AlOthman Hala AlMashali Maha AlSunaidi Yara AlFozan The use of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media has changed the way politicians and citizens handle politics. And because of the influence of social networking sites, it have been adopted by political figures. Almost every candidate running for political position, would create a campaign through social media to communicate with the constituents. Whether it's about getting votes, or trying to get people's attention about an important cause, social media in all its platforms is the easiest way to advertise about it without having to pay for the advertising. Based on the research done on the U.S. Congressmen’s voting decisions, it’s proven that social media can have a huge effect on decision making.
Interestingly enough, it has taken a tremendous toll on politics. Thanks to social media, access to information from all over the world has become easy. Because of the developments that social media has reached, it is no longer necessary for us to rely on receiving information from second hand sources. We are now able to access the main source of the news ourselves such as an eyewitness or video footage of the event. This can insure that the information we receive is reliable considering that many secondary news sources tend to be politically biased.
Firstly, people possess the power to have a voice in the midst of the masses through the media. With social media and forums on traditional media, the general public have a platform for their voice to be heard by peers and the government. The media thus allows the common man to make a change by rallying support from their peers and providing a platform for the government to hear their people’s opinions. For example, in