Responsibility And Influence Of Mass Media Essay

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A New Era in Late-Night TV with Stephen Colbert --Responsibility and Influence of Mass Media
Nowadays, there are so many people can not sleep regularly, so it emerges various late-night TV shows. And the one of the most popular late-night TV show, called The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Stephen Colbert, who is an extreme right-wing blowhard celebrity, would like to give his own voice in public. However, in Late Show with Stephen Colbert, he sheds his political persona and interviews the guests with his true feelings instead of being a puppet and doing the routines as he is told. He emerges quickly and successfully as a mouthpiece who is very influential on social issues and current affairs over the mass media. This phenomenon can be analyzed from the perspective of discourse theory and its critical influence on politics. Mass media is a product of modern society and its effects on politics are especially in its forming of public opinions, affecting policies making, exerting supervision and molding political culture.
First and foremost, mass media’s responsibility for forming public opinions. According to Jurgen Habermas, the German philosopher, “Modern society premises its existence of popular sovereignty, and public opinion is popular sovereignty. Without the premise, modern democratic politics is without base” (Strukturwandel der Offentlichkeit 185). Only when individuals have enough and necessary political information can they give their own voices on political…

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