Homelessness and Mass Media

In a chapter of Who is My Neighbor, the author Phillip Tompkins discussed homelessness and mass media.  In many of my Communication Studies classes, I’ve learned that mass media does not tell us what to think, but what to think about.  Tompkins  discussed the main times that homelessness is displayed through mass media: Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For some reason, during the holiday season, homelessness awareness is raised because of all of the organizations and people who donate food, clothing, toys, and money to families and shelters.  Is this because people remember others at this time of the year?  Is this because the weather is colder and people in their warm houses want to give back?  Or is this because of all of the publicity about homelessness that is generated by mass media?

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