I think that the 24 hour news cycle has helped to change the media's role and impact on individuals more in the last fifteen years. All of those in the position of power have had to be more mindful of a media that is no longer solely residing in the domain of print journalism. 24 hour news stations, blogs, the internet, i- reporters have all transformed the media and how people respond to it. In this setting, news is replayed continuously and is transmitted across the world. The media has become more driven by speed than accuracy. This is not saying that the media deliberately and consciously omits confirmation, but with the speed of news and the constant replaying of it through widened accessibility, any mistake can be quickly amended. In the end, "to be the first" with "breaking news" drives more of the modern media.
There are a lot of ways that this has changed over the years.
First of all, the media (plural of medium) have changed. The only medium used to be print until radio was invented and people started getting information that way. Then TV came in and changed everything. Between TV and the internet, the print media are kind of dying. That's a big change.
Second, the media has become more fragmented. Everyone used to watch the same few channels on TV and read the same few magazines. Now there are all kinds of TV channels and even more websites. We are not all pulled together by the media anymore.
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TV: More things are acceptable for television, for example it was bad to show actors kissing on tv, now it pretty normal to show kissing scenes, also things such as saying the word b*tch and even then word a*s, are things that are acceptable nowadays.