The effect of an uninformed citizenry on the health of American democracy

Why are fewer Americans interested in the news? What is the effect of an uninformed citizenry on the health of American democracy? What should be done to re-engage the public? Use these questions to help students understand the important role that media play in helping to create an informed public. Direct the discussion toward the need for a free press in a democratic society to perform this role and how the corporatization of media has made this more difficult.

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