I believe that the availability of public media is essential to a successful and thriving community. Public media distributes important information about culture, crisis communication, city services, and community resources. All of this information is distributed through TV, radio, print media, and the internet, and plays a major part in bringing communities closer together. Without public media, communities would not be as well connected and would not work as a unified system. People would not be warned in time if there was inclement weather or a natural disaster. They would not know where to find information about their communities public leaders or new laws. People would also have a much more difficult time learning about local cultural events and entertainment which can play a large part in shaping a community and its citizens. Without public media, our world would be stuck in the dark age. Therefore, public media is one of the most important aspects of a community and a vital part of its future and growth.
Having public media is beneficial to a lot of people. In fact 170 million or so they say…
I think public media is necessary for a community to be properly informed for the simple fact that so many people use it. Also this question is a little tricky. What does it mean for a community to be properly informed? Is public radio reaching a major amount of people? I believe it is . They have almost 3 million facebook followers. CNN and Fox News have close to that number as well. So people are listening and watching. Are they being properly informed is a different subject all together. This is a circular argument that will not get resolved. I think the question we need to ask here is is public media effective? And my answer is yes.
In a sense, if there was no available public media, there would be no community to share it with. Therefore, having public media readily available is crucial for a community to be properly informed. Through print, radio, television, Internet, etc. the options for citizens to become informed are endless. It also matters how these sources are used.
Virtual communities can be created over the Internet so people can come together to talk about or share community information. These types of communities can be very useful because information can still be transferred even when people aren’t face to face. Print is a source that you can physcially hold in your hand and can physically pass along to others to help expand their knowledge of information as well. Newspapers and magazines help to further explain details of stories that might have been cut short in other mediums. With radio and television, these sources let you hear information (and see it in the case with television). Radio especially helps to make sure information is available even when you can’t hold it in your hand or see it with your eyes.
However, these forms of public media are not just present to inform the community…they are also here to connect the community. Through social networks, e-mail, and blogs people are able to communicate with friends, family, co-workers about what is going on in their life and the lifes of others. Social media is also a good source of relaying information to others. When information is available to citizens, it helps the community to establish a purpose and goal and to become unified. Citizens are able to get involved and viewpoints/opinions can be shared. It is like the article “Public Media 2.0” states: allowing citizens to participate with information sharing creates a sort of citizen journalism.
Although, it’s hard to become a strong community when there are gaps and not everyone is on an even playing field when it comes to accesibility of media. For example, in order to to seek out most information, things like computers, automobiles, print subscriptions, televisions, and cell phones must be involved. Nowadays, it is more important to be able to access the Internet than any other medium because there is a shift to an online platform. But all these things cost money and the with the divide between lower, middle, and upper class makes it hard sometimes. Yes, all of these sources are available for free to a certain extent but can sometimes be hard to obtain depending on the resources. Those with limited resources need to be educated so they can maximize the knowledge of information available.
Overall, public media informs communities about a wide variety of events. Through different mediums, citizens are able to find out about more serious alerts such as crisis communication, government, and politics or about social events such as concerts and festivals. Not all news is important or breaking but knowing the information that is availble through public media helps a community grow. We want to close those gaps and have everyone access to all public media so we can learn together.
I think we must consider new ways to build a great network for knowledge — not just a broadcast system, but one that employs every means of sending and storing information that the individual can use.- President Johnson
There is an overall usefulness for public media. Silver in New Public Media states that the public trusts public media over the military, the courts, and Congress (Silver, 4). In light of networks like Fox coming under attack for obvious partisan leanings, it’s increasingly important to keep and fund it. Public media outlets can offer what others cannot and that is necessary and relevant for communities. In the age of the Internet, it’s easy to become burdened with news that you can and cannot trust. However, public media can give people quality news because they have to answer to the public, especially if these organizations want funding.
Public media offers quality educational and cultural programming for children. One obvious example is Sesame Street. This program teaches children the basics like numbers, vocabulary, and even foreign languages like Spanish. This is invaluable for parents and can help children in their development. Public media also offers niche interest programming, educational shows for all ages, and other programs that appeal to the interests of undeserved communities (Silver, 7). PBS and NPR are great examples of this. They have multiple outlets to reach people and keep them informed.
Having public media available is necessary for a community to be informed. They are outlets that directly work for the people they serve. They are valuable assets to each community and should be saved and maintained.
Public media is indeed necessary for a community to be properly informed. Although there are some public media outlets that are deemed “unreliable” there are also a lot of reliable sources as well. Without these reliable sources how would people get the information about the communities that they live in? There are different types of public media available to suit anyone preferences, these include TV, radio, newspaper & online websites. Over the past few years social media sites such as facebook and twitter have also become great places for people to get public information about their communities. These sites can sometimes have misleading or wrong information but they can also inform people about things that they wouldn’t get from the newspaper or TV news. I found an excerpt from the book Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age and I think that it shows how and why having an informed community is important. Without an informed community we would be lost and we need these public media sources to stay informed.
I think that having public media available is essential to keeping the community informed. Public information is available to everyone. Radio, television, internet, print, these sources are accessible to every single citizen who wants to utilize them. Imagine if we didn’t have these public sources. How would be get our news and information? We wouldn’t know what was going on in the world, and we probably wouldn’t be as involved in politics or any sort of global cause. We wouldn’t be able to stay as connected with our families or friends, or learn like we do today. Taking public media away would leave us struggling to find community information as well.
While public media is a great resource to the community, I think with the social network revolution we are going through, it can also be used incorrectly. Just because something is made public, does not mean that the information is correct. We see this a lot on Twitter with people posting rumors, or not having all of the correct information from a story. With so many new sources of public media popping up, I think we do need to be careful about what we see as true and what we don’t. It’s important that we know how to weed out what is real and what is false.