How does the mass media contribute to people’s understanding, values and beliefs about sport?

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Students learn to:

  • think critically about the impact of the mass media on sport by investigating questions such as:
    • who benefits and in what ways?
    • how does the media influence our understanding of sporting events?
    • how have sports been changed to suit the needs of the media, eg uniforms, rule modifications, structure to accommodate advertising breaks
  • analyse the media’s role in giving meanings to sport by considering questions such as:
    • how does the coverage given to particular sports reflect which sports are valued and which ones are not?
    • what metaphors are common in sport, eg football as ‘war’?
    • has the media pushed extreme sports to take excessive risks?

Extract from PDHPE Stage 6 Syllabus. © 2009 Board of Studies NSW.