100 Media Moments That Changed America by Jim Willis

By Jim Willis

From the launching of America's first newspaper to YouTube's most recent phone-videoed crime, the media has continually been to blame of indulging America's obsession with controversy. This encyclopedia covers a hundred occasions in international background from the seventeenth century to the present―moments that by myself have been significant and minor, yet ones that exploded within the public eye whilst the media stepped in. subject matters coated contain yellow journalism, the battle of the Worlds radio broadcast, the Kennedy-Nixon debates, JFK's assassination, the Pentagon papers, and typhoon Katrina. those are occasions that modified the best way the media is used―not simply as a device for spreading wisdom, yet as a fashion of shaping and influencing the reviews and reactions of America's voters. due to the media's representations of those occasions, heritage has been replaced endlessly. From categorized army plans that leaked out to the general public to the 1st televised presidential debates to the present army tortures stuck on tape, 100 Media Moments that modified America will display not just an ever-evolving method of stories reporting, but in addition the ways that ancient occasions have ignited the media to mould information in a manner that resonates with America's public. This must-have reference paintings is perfect for journalism and historical past majors, in addition to for common readers.

Chapters are in chronological order, starting with the seventeenth century. every one bankruptcy begins with a short creation, by way of media occasion entries from that decade. every one access explains the instant, after which offers particular info relating to how the media lined the development, America's reaction to the assurance, and the way the media replaced history.

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14. The First Advertising Agency | 23 I am shaking hands with him. We raise our hats, and I say: ‘‘Dr. ’’7 Still on a bottomless vat of company expenses, Stanley found himself uneager to leave Africa, so he stayed on for another four months. He tried to coax Livingstone into returning as well, but the explorer said he had found the life he was seeking and was still searching for what brought him to Africa in the first place: the ancient fountains of Herodotus, thought to be the source of the great Nile River.

During the 1890s, this sensationalism became known as “yellow journalism,” named for a popular comic strip character called the Yellow Kid which first appeared in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World and then William Randolph Hearst’s New York Journal. Most historians believe sensationalism reached its zenith—or depths—in the circulation battles between these two newspaper giants. America seemed to tire of yellow journalism as the 20th century began, and the revamped New York Times began setting a more serious standard for American journalism.

Stonewall’’ 28 | Part II: The 19th Century Jackson was reinforced by the troops of Gen. Kirby Smith, sending the Union forces running on their heels back to the Potomac River. Under the headline of, ‘‘The Fight at Manassas! ’’ the Richmond Dispatch reported in part: MANASSAS JUNCTION, July 18—Victory perches upon our banners. The army of the Potomac, under the command of General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, gave battle to the enemy today at Bull’s Run, four miles from Manassas Junction, in a Northwest direction, and three miles to the left of the Alexandria Rail-Road.

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