Essay on Media: Media and Social Movements

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Mass Media
Jane Murray, Rick Linden and Diana Kendall. (2011). "Mass Media." Sociology in Our Times. 5th Canadian Edition, Nelson Education.

This is a chapter from the book (available on WebCt). The chapter explains the changing role of Mass Media in a changing society and the ideologies it creates. It also focuses on the biased view of the Media, and how it changes the thinking perspectives of different social groups. The fact of it explaining the meaning of Mass Media in simple and precise terms makes it important for my research and would help me conclude my research question.

Media Violence Effects: Confirmed Truth or Just Another X-File?
Ferguson, C. J. (2009). Media Violence Effects: Confirmed Truth or Just Another X-File?. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 9(2), 103-126.

Ferguson argues that forensic psychologists should acknowledge that the link between media violence and societal violence aside from the issue of measuring aggression. The article offers positive suggestions for the future of media violence studies.
The article will make an important source and will help me conclude if media is a cause of violence? I will try to create a link between the violence portrayed by media and the violence or aggression seen at social movements.

Reflections on #Occupy Everywhere: Social media, public space, and emerging logics of aggregation.
Juris, J. S. (2012). Reflections on# Occupy Everywhere: Social media, public space, and emerging logics of aggregation. American Ethnologist, 39(2), 259-279.

The article focuses on the link and the important role that Media plays in social movements and contemporary world. Jeffery Juris talks about how the media helped in the widespread of the movement. He argues that Social Media and Mass Media have contributed to the collection of masses at social movements. Taking the case of the occupy movement and its widespread he proves his point.
This will help me look at the other side of the media, that spreads information yet succeeds in causing aggression and violence at various social movements.

Social media and social movements: Facebook and an online Guatemalan justice movement that moved offline.
Harlow, S. (2012). Social media and social movements: Facebook and an online Guatemalan justice movement that moved offline. new media & society, 14(2), 225-243.

Summer Harlow talks about how social networking websites (specifically “Facebook”) lead to online movements move offline…