Abstract and Keywords
This chapter investigates the evolution of the American media from the colonial period to modern times. It argues that the standard tribute to the democratic uses of journalism is a misrepresentation of the actual news media and their role in daily life. The chapter then moves on to study the changing form of the newspaper in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as the role newspaper partisanship and sensationalism played during the political and social development of America. It also discusses media independence and its role as a watchdog during the twentieth century.
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