Machinations of the Media

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Submitted by rankandfile on August 23, 2007 - 2:14am

I have had a couple glasses of wine too many and got to thinking of the various headlines in the news, mostly online and on the radio. Online news and the radio, for me, is where it is at as I do not watch a whole lot of TV.

Perhaps I am just a man that is growing increasingly pessimistic as I grow older. I have this growing feeling that the media has its own agenda and puts forth only that information that provides a better chance of achieving that agenda.

Many of you will probably read this and think that I am a stone-cold conspiracy theorist. Perhaps there is some grains of truth to your thinking. However, I find the patterns of the media's coverage funny from time to time. One week they will focus on Iran and their aims (alleged) to create a nuclear weapon and to wipe Jews from the planet. The next week they shift to full-tilt coverage of dog fighting and natural disasters.

All of this brings me back to the thread I started titled, "Panem et Circensis", and that basically stated that the masses can be numbed by means of bread (food) and circus (entertainment).

Do you think the mass media, as we know it today, is fulfilling this role, or are they driven by other goals?

Submitted by Coronita on August 23, 2007 - 6:39am.

Mass media always had only 1 goal. Capture as many eyeballs as it can so that it can sell more advertisements. This hasn't changed, just it's tactics.

Exciting headlines, grab eyeballs. That's why demented twisted, shocking stories are always page 1.

Similarly, most "financial" magazines are nothing more than a mechanism for generating ads. I don't think fortune, money, forbes are really "financial" magazines. It's paid advertisement. Very rare are any of their "predictions" accurate, but they do a great job of reporting yesterday's financial new, our yesterday's trend with the appearance of being "current" headlines.

 

Submitted by JES on August 23, 2007 - 7:05am.

Entrepreneur, Business Startups Magazine etc. are even worse...

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