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Narcotizing Dysfunction and Gatekeeping: After Iraq

Discuss effects of the narcotizing dysfunction and gatekeeping on social behavior in the aftermath of the recent war in Iraq. Include references if needed.

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Narcotizing dysfunction can be defined or described from a couple of perspectives.

From the functionalist perspective, the media entertain, socialize, enforce social norms, confer status, and promote consumption. The media can be dysfunctional to the extent that they desensitize us to serious events and issues.
(Source: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073404330/student_view0/chapter7/chapter_summary.html)

You can take a look at the following article:
The Functionalist Tradition and Communication Theory by Carl Patrick Burrowes
http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED362933.pdf

Conflict theorists think the media reflect and even deepen the divisions in society through gatekeeping, or control over which material reaches the public; media monitoring, the covert observation of people's media usage and choices.
(Source: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073404330/student_view0/chapter7/chapter_summary.html)

You can take a look at the following resource:
Gatekeeping Theory: An Evolution
http://41.89.160.5/chisimba/usrfiles/context/ins218/canvases/gatekeeping.pdf

Think about how you understand/understood the Iraq war. This most recent one was the second of such wars. Was it of necessity or of choice?
Were there viable policy options to address the challenges rather ...

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