And we're talking with Deb, Dr. Deb from Shmoop,
about media literacy.
So Deb, what is mass media?
Like, what is mass about it?
Is this like a Catholic church thing?
Or it this about weight? What is mass media?
Well, it's definitely not a Catholic church thing.
Mass media is any type of media that
just reaches large, as in thousands,
hundreds of thousands, millions of people.
Or maybe even billions.
So we're talking everything from
TV and movies to books to newspaper articles,
anything that reaches a large amount of people.
[ eww ]
Got it. And who owns mass media?
Like who controls it? Who manages it?
Is there some evil Darth Vader-like group that's...
Yes, there is. Basically what we have to remember
when we're studying mass media is that
everything that goes into mass media is intentional
and someone is controlling it.
It's not always the same person
or the same group of people.
If it's a TV show, then we have the producers
as the man behind the curtain.
If it's newspapers, then it's the editors and the writers.
Someone is always controlling it and there's always some sort of intention behind mass media.
And I remember when I was a kid
the evening news was unbiased,
or at least they tried desperately hard
to be that way.
And the way the news came to us
was a different class of news.
Today, journalists are --
have no shame about simply being the voice for a political party.
And so you can't trust any of the news.
And it creates this awful world where you have to spend so much time
figuring out what their angle is, what they're trying to sell me
or get me to do or whatever,
that it kind of ruins it.
That's why we have courses like Media Literacy.
That's exactly what this course is about.
It's a course to teach you how to see past those biases.
So they're there and they're not going away any time soon.
And all we can do is be aware of it, like you are,
and say, "Okay, this is biased in one direction or another.
Am I okay with that? And how do I proceed knowing that?"
[ whoop ]
What is mass media?
Who controls mass media?
[ evil laugh ]