Marilyn's Life From East to West

So Many Theories- The Role of Media Today
February 9, 2010, 9:51 pm
Filed under: Senior Seminar

So, in my senior seminar class for public relations we have been going over what seems like a thousand theories.  Don’t get me wrong, I like learning about them, but there are so many.  In college, theories classes have really been some of my favorites because I like to learn about the thinking process behind the media and the way we as humans learn.  Some theorists believe that the media determine what is important to the public and what should be on the agenda (agenda setting) & there are other who believe people learn from social values and one’s expected outcomes (social learning theory).

One of the most interesting things about theories is that none of them are actually right, that’s why they are THEORIES, and are all up to interpretation.  In class now we have picked 7 theories and are going to relate them to TV shows and movies.  This is what I’m talking about!  I think relating classwork (in this case theories) to TV shows and movies about PR practitioners is such a good idea because its practical.  Learning about really anything in class is hard to get a real grasp on until you are able to apply it to something in your every day life.


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