Question 1 (10 points) 800 words
Choose ONE of the following quotes from the Unit 1 lecture notes:
A. For Habermas, the growth of the commercial mass media has had a hand in turning the public sphere (a powerful, critical public) into a passive public once again – a passive consumer public.
B. By the public sphere we mean first of all a realm of our social life in which something approaching public opinion can be formed. Access is guaranteed to all citizens.
C. The state and the public sphere do not overlap…[r]ather they confront one another as opponents. Habermas designates that sphere as public which antiquity understood to be private, i.e. the sphere of non-governmental opinion making.
Explain the quote you chose and apply it to ONE of the following forms of communications media:
Question 2 (10 points) – 800 words
The distinctions between news, entertainment. and advertising have become blurred in today’s media.
Discuss the ethical implications of the above quote in relation to either Anne Dunne’s “Ethics Impossible? Advertising and the Infomercial” or William Babcock and Virginia Whitehouse’s “Celebrity As a Postmodern Phenomenon, Ethical Crisis for Democracy, and Media Nightmare”.
In your answer offer some critical analysis.
Please note: You do not need to (and do not have space) to offer a summary of the entire article here. Pick a main point/points you think are central and deserve focus.