Why We Do What We Do

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  • Beginning with a concise history of the media, this program explores the effects of TV and other information and entertainment sources on personal attitudes and actions as well as on public opinion. The impact of how appearance, language, and behavior are portrayed is considered. Tips on becoming a more critical viewer are included.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
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  • Media and History (3:49) -- Influence of the Messenger (3:17) -- Life Imitates Art (3:30) -- Violence in Our Culture (2:55) -- Tolerance and Acceptance (3:45) -- Positive Action and Critical Viewing (2:40)
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