The press possesses the capability to create the impression that certain problems are of greater urgency than others. Those certain problems are usually about political strategy, political scandal and the private lives of politicians. These tend to overtake the less entertaining, but more substantial stories because the public is not interested in them and they do not make money for the news company. One of the most ironic ways the media influences public opinion is by presenting the candidates personality through the use of television and radio. For example, Could one honestly say that Abraham Lincoln might not be elected if he were running today.
It has shifted its primary view from reporting the news to “manipulating information in ways designed to attract audiences” as well as “aggrandizing themselves” to make the journalists seem more like a hero or celebrity. Rather than exposing the faults that lie within the system, the news media is becoming “emeshed” within it. Yet despite these tactics, their main purpose is to report the news, or “information about events taking place around us”, and is ultimately directed to shape and influence the public opinion. This places an “enormous power over the public opinion” and is forming a gateway to express biased and fabricated views of the corporations and reporters themselves. GE is a major corporation that owns popular television networks such as NBC and MSNBC.
I think the only positive here is that, nowadays, people seem to be much more cynical about what they read in the press or hear on the television. In particular, when it comes to the tabloid press, people know that they have to take what they read with a grain of salt. In other words, they read knowing they may be being lied to. Perhaps it is even greater concern that we have become so accepting of this form of censorship. The only thing that can be done to alter this situation is for the government to regulate the industry so that there is no longer a monopoly on media ownership.
Nowadays newspapers and television channels are the only ways through which we get to know about what is happening all over the world. They play an important role in informing us about the happenings of the world. But as we have observed, lately newspapers and television channels seem to be more focused on the lives of famous people. In my opinion newspapers and television channels spend too much time reporting about the lives of famous people. The newspapers and television channels seem to think that they have an obligation to the public to make them see how famous people really are.
What are interest groups? How do they define our American government? Do interest groups contribute to our American politics? Many people do not know much about interest groups and what they do. In addition many other highly opinionated Americans believe interest groups only work for themselves and are selfish.
Without the media, most people would know little about what our elected officials are doing. In short, the media report the government’s activities to keep citizens informed”. However the information and news media may suggest a bias point of view to evoke their opinion on the viewers. Consequently, information and news media are also inclined to create conflict when delivering information on the current state of affairs in politics. Journalism has been transformed decade after decade with new technologies that are emerging each day.
This can end up with a person have racial profiling used against them and making a negative impact on their life. Most of the ideas of racial profiling come from the media (Mass Media). The Mass Media includes forms of communication that becomes exaggerated form the truth for ratings. Reporters would use the most extreme and dramatic story that they could find, to have on the news, for that day. Mass Media author, Jennifer Akins, states “…because the media are so prevalent in industrialized countries, they have a powerful impact on how those populations view the world.” This shows that people rely on the media for views on the world.
The media can make or break any election, it seems that elections are more about marketing than anything else, only in this case you are marketing a person rather than a product. I would think that if you wanted to run an election the best back round you could have would be in marketing with politics as a second best. When some one is running for president or any other political position they want to get as much publicity as they can. “ Campaign managers must be “media-savvy” and they must hire a media consultants early in the campaign” (Dye pg. 191).
It is at this juncture where the interests of the people in authority supersedes that of the society. Without the proper instruments of asking questions and channelizing doubts to the authority, what follows are protests, vandalism and destruction of state property, as seen when Government tries to hide figures during inflation, economic depressions, natural calamity or world-wide pressing phenomenon. Hence, with proper questioning, both parties can mitigate pressing problems and enhance mutual well-being. The society will benefit at large when people question the political machinery – the efficient voting system, what changes the current ruling party are aiming at, fund allocations for a new financial year, changes in tax structures and the market economy, trade relations and ties between different countries, how effective the defence systems are or whether the nation is prepared for an impending nuclear strike. Undoubtedly, people will develop a sense of security and trust on the current Government if their questions hinted at the legal system –whether justice is imparted equally to all and the efficiency of implementation of human rights, are effectively answered.
The politicians are using these weapon to achieve their objectives even if these objectives bad, non legitimate illegitimate. Globally we have been victims of this manipulation where massive media undisputedly contributes to influence people acting as an interpreter. Methods of reporting an event and supporting tools as video and photography have an enormous effect on the public’s mental image and opinion about a certain topic or event. For example, wars fought in other continents are perceived as “the good side” and “the bad side” only by the massive media interpretation presented to us on television, radio, internet. The amount of time used in a certain event of news, the order it is presented (its position in the newspaper page), the photographs and videos used to support an opinion, are all factors that heavily contribute to add significance to