Media for Kids: Understand Types of Media
There are many different types of what we call media formats… Let me explain. Media is a way to communicate to a large group of people. Format is the type of media, such as written, visual, or audio. There are many examples of all formats of media. For example: in written format, there are magazines, newspapers, books, blogs, and more. In visual format, there is television, movies, and even youtube. In audio format, there is radio, podcasts, music, audiobooks, etc.
Each format of media has its own advantages and disadvantages. For example, a newspaper article is usually limited to 800 words, whereas a book has tens of thousands of words. Movies are usually made by large production studios and involve millions of dollars and hundreds of people to make, whereas anyone with internet access can create a blog.
Let’s talk about media bias now. Bias means to show favoritism to a specific person, group, or idea. The most important thing to understand about biases, is that everyone has one. People have feelings, ideas, and favorites in all aspects of life. So, if someone says they are completely unbiased, they are wrong, or exaggerating.
Let’s take a look at a few common biases frequently found in different media formats. When reading a newspaper, you can usually find a few different opinions because a newspaper is written by many people. Most people consider newspapers to have a politically leftist bias, but that is not true of all of them. They usually write in favor of protecting the homegrown culture of a city and the interests of “the little guy” or “underdog”. Talk radio is often considered to have a politically right bias, as the top five talk radio programs are hosted by people who identify as conservatives.
But political bias is not the only type of bias that exists. A blog article can be biased toward eliminating gambling in a nearby town, or a podcast might be biased toward preserving the natural beauty of the American wilderness when camping. People can have biases on food, the weather, politics, sports, education, money, entertainment, ANYTHING!
That’s why it’s so important to read, watch, and listen carefully when consuming media.
I hope that helps. Thanks for watching this Video Lesson. Until next time, happy studying!