Effects of Mass Media Worksheet
Write brief 250-to 300-word answers to each of the following:
What were the major developments in the evolution of mass media during the 20th century?
The most important development of the 20th century concerning the evolution of mass media is technology. In the beginning everyone was finding their information from the newspaper and the telegraph. That information was days old at best for some places in the United States. Then the radio was invented and information was able to be put out to the masses very fast. As technology progressed, the way people received their news went from reading a paper to listening on the radio and eventually in the 60’s to a television set so you no longer had to be anywhere but your living room couch to find out what was going on the world. Shortly after, the computer and internet was invented which led to the biggest leap in my opinion in technology of the century. With a computer everyone that had access to the internet could essentially put whatever they wanted out to the mass media instead of just being big time news stations. News became just a click away from one end of the earth to the other. A very large percentage of the United States probably can’t go 10 minutes without having the urge to look at their cell phone or update their status on a social media website. It’s as if it makes you believe that social media was developed for the sole purpose of advertising to the public. From paper to radio waves, to signals being broadcasted from space the greatest development of the 20th century would have to belong to technology.
How did each development influence American culture?
I believe that It influenced America in several different ways. Because there was media, people all over the world would find them self’s using it as a way to get caught up on things such as fashion, American culture and of course they use it as a source as entertainment. Even in today’s society people find them self-addicted with mass media,