The Role of Media

Mr. Beck

Objectives: 8.SL.2 I can analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.

8.W.6 I can use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

I can create a tackk that demonstrates my understanding of the three main roles of the media. My tackk will include examples and explanations of the media as...

agenda-setter

Deadly Dreams: What Motivates School Shootings?

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=deadly-dreams

This article is an example of the media as agenda-setter because it continues to focus our attention on the issue of school shootings. Reading the article will continue the public discussion on how to prevent future shootings.

biased

This video clip of Bill O'Reilly expresses his bias about how our government is being managed. He explains his viewpoint, but does he cite his sources or evidence?

watchdog

This video is an example of the media as watchdog. It explores the possibility of the New Jersey Governor being involved in creating a massive, several-day traffic jam months ago.