Media, Information and Technoculture 2000F/G Chapter Notes -Making Money, Sensationalism

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In this article sotirn explains the change between the newspaper in the 1800"s and the newspaper in the 1900"s, which became much less educational and much more commercialized and sensational. In the 1800"s the press became known as a fourth estate ; it was believed that the newspaper had a responsibility to educate the public. But with more and more newspapers growing dependent on advertising it was the concern of some that the newspaper was lessen[ing. Newspapers started to revolve around making money, nothing more. It was harder to publish an opinion in a newspaper because of the cost. However many newspapers still claimed to have a goal of educating the public and improv[ing] society (142). But more newspapers were devoting more space to entertainment news and trivial material. People were no longer reading about the opinions of the editors or what happened in political debates. They were more interest in comics and sensational stories now.

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