The Pros And Cons Of Media

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In order for media to be produced, it must be financed. There are three primary ways in which media are financed. The first is through government sponsorship, examples include the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in the United States or the British Broadcasting Channel (BBC) in the United Kingdom. The second is through commercial advertisements, the majority of media in the United States are funded by this category. The third is through a pay per view method, some common examples of this would be Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fights or shows that are exclusively on Netflix produced by Netflix such as Stranger Things. Each of these methods has positives and negatives associated with them and in most countries, media is funded through a combination of all three. The proportions, however, vary greatly. This paper will discuss the pros and cons of each of these funding types, as well as, in what proportion I believe each should be in order to form a perfect media society. The first type of funding mentioned above is government sponsorships. Government sponsorships are money given to media producers from the government. They are funded by taxes or licensing fees. The amount and way in which citizens pay for government sponsorships and the amount media are given varies greatly from country to country. For example, in the United States, the per person amount paid in taxes for public broadcasting equals approximately 1.35 U.S. dollars per person per year (Lee, 2012).

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