Week 10 Discussion Questions part 2

Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic…) Political Media Machine

  1. Hermann mention’s the hyperpartisan nature of Facebook’s newsfeed. Is this beneficial or detrimental to society as a whole?
  2. Simple Facebook pages are gaining followings rival offical news organizations (like CNN). Is it possible that Facebook could replace offical news organizations as the primary source of news? Is this good or bad?
  3. Is Facebook really “where it’s all happening” and we all have to accept it and adapt to it? What does this mean for mainstream news organizations?

More Sources, Better Informed Public? New Media

and Political Knowledge

  1. Oxley compares the coverage of Clinton’s health reform in the 90s to Obama’s health reform more than a decade later. Do we consider the public more informed on politics due to the increasing ease of access of information?
  2. Does the public have to be knowledgeable to make good voting decisions?
  3. Is society better or worse off thanks to people being able to choose entertainment over news?
  4. Could Partisan new media be to blame for a misinformed public or is it the responsibility of the citizen to seek out correct information and verification of such information?
  5. Bonus: Do you think you could call yourself a knowledgeable citizen? Why?

Audience Atomization Overcome: Why the Internet Weakens the Authority of the Press

  1. Is the “sphere of legitimate debate” what mainstream media should primarily focus on? What else deserves attention?
  2. Is society benefited by the public’s growing ability to connect and determine the boundaries of the different opinion spheres?
  3. Should the press “think politically” or intelligently determine the issues that it focuses upon and thus brings attention to?

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