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1. How has the print media industry historically treated public education, and how does the print media treat public education today?
2. How has the print media industry helped drive improvements and public awareness of public education?
3. Has the media perpetuated any drawbacks, controversies, or scandals surrounding public education?
4. What role has the print media industry played throughout the history of public education, and is the current role of the print media the same as it was in the 1800's and 1900's?
5. How has the development of the internet, wireless communication, computers, and hand-held digital devices affected print media companys' products and sales?
6. What changes has the print media companies made to incorporate new technology into their traditional products, and have these changes been successful or unsuccessful?
7. How have consumers reacted to these changes?

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Print Media

1. How has the print media industry historically treated public education, and how does the print media treat public education today?
Print media consists of newspapers, magazines, books, and other printed material. And media itself plays a dominant role in the learning process, especially print media. It has the potential to shape personalities, change the way one views the world, and reality. Before there was internet, computers, iPads, and other forms of technology, there were newspapers, journals, and magazines, which serve as the oldest channel of communication. The print media treats public education the same today through the continuing use of newspapers, journals, magazines, and books. Books are still the most popular form of print media used for education. With books, students have access to informal and formal education.

2. How has the print media industry helped drive improvements and public awareness of public education?
The books and other print media that children read or have read to them affects improvement and public awareness of public education directly and indirectly. Books and magazines inform adults on how to have a healthy and productive life while advertising affects the various types of clothing, food, and toys that are bought for children. Studies on literacy have revealed that the amount and the type of printed materials that adults have in the home, and how the adults interact with these materials around the children, affect the children's interest and literacy achievement (Barbour, Barbour & Scully, 2008). Books, like children's peers, provide children with an insight of their society that gives them reaffirming of their own lives and challenges their outlooks. Furthermore, without the print media industry the public awareness of the need for improvements in public education would not be made known as effectively.

3. Has the media perpetrated any drawbacks, ...

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Print media has been around in American since pre-Revolutionary times. One of the key individuals who contributed to popular culture in America, Benjamin Franklin, was a journalist who wrote satire, editorials, scientific articles and everything in between. Since the time of Franklin to the present, there have been many popular culture shifts and changes. In modern times, the print media has been influential in promoting three very specific trends in American popular culture.

These are: insecurity, objectification of the human body and the preference for symbolism over substance.

Consumerism

We all seem to want what we don't have. Ever since the days when rural people would thumb through the Sears and Roebuck catalog and dream about buying an ice box, pre-made clothes or a washing machine, print media has played a huge role in consumerism. If you look at the ads in these early catalogs you will find the seeds of insecurity, objectification of the human body as well as symbolism over substance.

Insecurity is bred from the belief that in some way I am inferior to others. At least in American society, status is equated with possessions. "I own things therefore I am" could be said to be the American version of Descartes' "I think therefore I am." The problem is, if others have cooler stuff than I do, I become inferior to them. Therefore I must buy cooler stuff to inflate my status.

Symbolism over substance can also be seen in the crazy things we spend money on simply because the print media tells us we need it. Do you remember beanie babies or Tickle me Elmo. About ten years ago there were fights in department stores over these children's toys. The people fighting were not children they were adults. Some people were selling these items on EBay for over $100 each when the retail value was only about $2.99 each.

Viewing the human body as an object can also be seen through consumerism. When print media began running photos the evolution of the human body as a selling tool kicked into high gear. The human body or parts of it have been used to sell nearly every consumer item imaginable. From car tires to butter and life insurance to beer, images of people are used to sell things.

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