Civics and Participation: The Media and Politics Flashcards


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1

For what purposes do politicians generally use the Internet? Select three answers.

to generate donations

to organize supporters

to limit criticism

to solicit support

to pass legislation

to generate donations

to organize supporters

to pass legislation

2

Which statement best describes the media’s role in informing the public on government affairs?

The media presents information, allowing the public to stay informed about current and proposed laws.

The media’s constant presentation of information requires that the public gain a comprehensive understanding of policy.

The media works hard to ensure that everyone has access to the same information at all times.

The media’s experts develop highly informed opinions about current events to ensure that people make the right decisions.

The media presents information, allowing the public to stay informed about current and proposed laws.

3

Do news entities provide only the facts? Why or why not?

Yes, news entities provide facts and leave it to the individual to interpret them.

No, news entities present only opinion-based information.

Yes, news entities report the facts, not what they think.

No, news entities offer opinions, debate, and interpretations of events.

No, news entities offer opinions, debate, and interpretations of events.

4

Why is it important to have media coverage of government elections?

It may be the only accessible source of information on the issues and candidates for a particular group of people.

It helps people have a comprehensive understanding of all of the issues.

It introduces the public to only the candidates who have the best chance of winning.

It encourages people to vote for the right candidate based on the media’s informed opinions.

It may be the only accessible source of information on the issues and candidates for a particular group of people.

5

What are policymakers trying to do by using the media to deliver specific messages to citizens?

ask for donations

promote policies

encourage debate

win votes

promote policies

6

Which of these are forms of mass media? Select four answers.

newspapers

radio

television

telephone calls

personal e-mails

magazines

newspapers

radio

television

magazines

7

How might opinion polls negatively affect voter behaviors?

They often sway voters’ opinions on the issues.

They can motivate people to not vote.

They frequently influence voters’ stance on the candidates.

They persuade people to vote for particular issues and candidates.

They can motivate people to not vote.

8

Which best describes why candidates and politicians use the Internet?

They want to maintain control of their messages.

They need to eliminate the waste associated with traditional media.

They need to use modern technology so that they do not appear out of touch.

They must use the same media that citizens use.

They must use the same media that citizens use.

9

Why has social media affected political campaigns?

It is usually a quick and effective form of mass communication.

It is always a free way for politicians to advertise.

It is often not an effective way for citizens to criticize policy ideas.

It is an effective way of communicating with the public without getting feedback.

It is usually a quick and effective form of mass communication.

10

How has the Internet most changed the way voters interact with campaigns?

It has enabled voters to participate more actively.

It has encouraged voters to consider issues more.

It has generated greater criticism of campaigns.

It has increased voting rates and support for candidates.

It has enabled voters to participate more actively.