Do some people actually believe what media tells them? If you do some research and view multiple sources you can get a reasonable idea of events. I agree that most ignorance is willful.
Technically we can never believe the media truly. They will do anything, twist the story so that it gets the maximum coverage and attention of the people. A simple picture of a military man holding a gun on one hand and giving water to his comrade using the other hand can be shown in so many ways. It can show just the comrade- dying. It can show only the gun- symbolizing a shooting. Or it can just show him giving water. In a way, we can never really believe what the media always says.
Unfortunately there are people who believe totally in what media tells them. Moreover, most people believe in what media say, there is nothing new in it. Media is often used to manipulate people this or that way, to make them like or not like something or someone, to make them consider some point of view right. It may not be even noticed by people ( we are not in the George Orwell's novel), bvut it is undeniable. Why do teenagers listen to the same music and watch the same movies, copying each other or some celebrities? Because they cannot resist the influence of media.
Mass media usually shows someones point of view. The proverb says tastes differ so diffrent journalists may tell you about the same event in different ways. In addition, lots of things depends on the policy in the country. If mass media are independent, they may tell truth. For me mass media is just information. But I usually decide by myself whether to believe it or not.
The media presents a story in a professional manner, with fancy charts and statistics, and important looking experts, and video. To someone without a discerning eye, it looks pretty convincing. And if the media outlet also is biased in the same direction you are, it is even more convincing. If you find a channel, or newspaper that tells you what you already believe, there is not much incentive to look further. This explains how a person would believe the media. It has nothing to do with being American. And it sounds kind of insulting to say that Americans as a whole are so undiscerning.
There are quite many people who believe in what media tells them, people are blind to see the real state of things. This influence on is carried in order to make a definite impact on people. Unfortunately, sometimes we surely believe in what somebody says. I suppose that every person should have their own opinion in spite of what media resources claim. It can be called a term "media literacy". It can be explained as an ability of a person to analyze and evaluate the types of information we perceive from media sources. Of course, it is not an anti-media movement, but a social obligation of every citizen.
You know actually we can never believe the media truly. They will do anything, twist the story so that it gets the maximum coverage and attention of the people. A simple picture of a military man holding a gun on one hand and giving water to his comrade using the other hand can be shown in so many ways. It can show just the comrade- dying. It can show only the gun- symbolizing a shooting. Or it can just show him giving water. In a way, we can never really believe what the media always says.
Interesting question. I do not belive mass media in 100%. In mostky cases they want to draw our attention for some things. You know that fact that
The media have become so powerful and meaningful that they create a single information space, consolidating thoughts, feelings and desires of people in a single opinion. Accordingly, it becomes the primary source of information, especially about the world. Especially for the younger generation. This should be considered when working on the information, because the media are creating a significant body of culture in society mentality.
Guys, sometimes news can confusing, the whole society, the whole nation, the whole state.
For example, covering the events in the Middle East, the Western media reported that the demonstrators are calling for democracy, the protesters are using democratic slogans.
I agree with you about it, sometimes ignorance is pretty willful. As for me, I don't follow news in my country, or even in the world. Of course, I don know something that happens in my country and worldwide, but all new information is not needed for me, and my mind. Sometimes I believe media, sometime do not do it.
I think,in this question everybody has to decide for themselves,what information is worth your trust and what not.We have to filtrate it,because it's obvious,that you just can't believe all that stuff they put outthere.Some sources are more believable (for me,it's definitely BBC),and some of them are not even worth your attention and time."Media is a lie"-,it's true,but not all of it and definitely not all the time.Some news just can't be portrayed ina wrong way,while the others might look just the way somebody need them to look.It all depends on your common level of trust.
Provocative question, I must admit. Of course the media probably don't tell the whole truth! No one does usually! Even if someone swears on the BIBLE that they will tell the whole truth, they usually won't. The number one reason why they wont tell the whole truth is usually because they are afraid of what might happen if they uncover the ENTIRE story. So they only tell about half of it. Sometimes to make the story seem more believable, or just to shake things up a bit and get panic going, they add a few false things. Sometimes to make people mad, to try and blame someone for something, or for just more publicity. I think it's sick and that we should all just come out and tell the whole truth, but I guess that if all secrets were let out, we would live in a very ugly world. Plus secrets are what make our lives more fun.
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