The Influence Of Mass Media On American Politics

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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 a widely used platform like the media (internet and or television), it has substantial amounts of potential in being taken in as truth by millions across the country. The term ‘mass media’ has origins leading back to 1920’s America when platforms such as radio and newspapers were becoming more and more prevalent in everyday society across the country. As time went on, people began to find more uses for these media outlets beyond its usual purpose, eventually utilizing their high availability to spread influence politically. Political blocs are no strangers to the media as it is considered one of, if not their strongest, tool to impacting the general public’s opinion. A modern day example of these political using the media to their

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