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Corporate Control of the Media and Politics

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I read an article written by Andrew Romano, for News Week, discussing in detail the ignorance of the American public in political affairs. This article was largely inspired by a poll News Week conducted on the public, testing them with standardized questions given in the citizenship exam. After reading that a large amount of Americans failed to pass this exam I decided to take it myself. Once I completed the exam, which I failed miserably, I remembered a comment Romano made in his article about the populace being uneducated or non-English speaking immigrants. Being a college student this comment is kind of hard to swallow especially after doing so badly on the exam myself. I would not consider myself to be a genius but I am educated and certainly not a non-English speaking immigrant. In the article Romano makes a comment of how the percentage of people who passed would be higher if the exam was restricted to more educated people. Though this comment is true, to an extent, I believe that even the more educated citizens would still have trouble with the exam and uninformed decision-making for the same reason uneducated people have trouble with it, media coverage. Society today is a media society, rich or poor, educated or uneducated, we all receive information and news the same way. Through television, radio, internet or the papers we absorb information and whether we like it or not this information is bias and controlled. Media seems to follow what Americans want to see and Americans want to see celebrity news, international news, or anything else not dealing with political information. This lack of coverage, of real issues, from both sides is the true culprit to the lack of political knowledge in the United State... ... middle of paper ... ...s worldwide. In just a short time with the right people, my eyes have been opened to how the media affects our lives and pressures people to a certain decision. I now, more than ever, believe that the corruption in news industry and their control over the information being presented is severely hampering the nation's education of political ongoing in the united states. Letting these leaders of industry distort our views for their own personal gain and pitting lower class families against their own interest is not the way the media industry was intended to be. It was intended to be an outlet to inform the masses of events and decisions that could affect there lives so they could use the information to determine how to handle the issue. It is no longer like that. Corporate greed has warped it into a industry with ulterior motives that needs to be changed.