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How do tabloids affect British democracy? watch
- Thread Starter
- 14-03-2018 20:14
- 17-03-2018 10:36
Probably way too late, but it's good revision for me to do essay plans. =============
Intro - Explain the meaning of "tabloids" and give examples and the various formats they can come in.
P1 - Transparency - Explain how they allow the workings of Parliament to be exposed to the public, minimising corruption. Use the Information Act 2000 as an example. You could counter that it has little effect as lobbying and corporations still operate under the radar. Tabloids enforce ministers and other important members of Parliament to be held to account for their actions, exposing those who do. This means that people cannot abuse their power.
P2 - Influence - The media can influence public perceptions in general and local elections. Elitist interests can shape public voting, which hinders democracy. Throw in some statistic about how many people consume newspapers. You could elaborate by saying it hinders democracy, by not giving all the required information out for the public to make an informed choice. Example is Brexit, with guesses and predictions instead of statistics based on solid evidence.
P3 - Apathy - The tabloid allows people to be educated on parliamentary matters, leading to the public being able to make more informed opinions. This can encourage more people to take part in the political process. Counter point is that it makes little difference as people mainly consume their news from social media (78% of teens consume news ENTIRELY from social media)
Conclusion - Sum up the points and pick the key influence on democracy.