In order for the U.S. government to control and determine the public’s popular perception of reality, the government must shape and oversee the information that the media reports to the existing populous. This particular process of democracy is known and referred to by political scientists as cognitive socialization. However, many of us, who do not adhere to the cushioning of political correctness, refer to it as the propaganda machine. Numerous political scientists consider cognitive socialization to be the most effective form of political socialization. According to theory, cognitive socialization is doctored up information, which is strategically fragmented in such a manipulative manner, that the probability of its rationalization is highly predictable.
Hardball: How Politics is Played by One Who Knows the Game does not help alleviate this view because of its tones of ruthlessness. Ambition, which is often viewed negatively, is a critical asset to succeed for one who wishes to make a name for them. Hopefully, one day people will not be as cynical about the point of politics. The real and true goal of politics is to generate leaders in the government that will make decisions based on the opinions of the people for the benefit of the people. Works Cited Matthews, Christopher.
Americans focus on what the media frequently shows us rather than the little heard of issues of greater importance. A large nu... ... middle of paper ... ...what they are running for. However, the media has many bad influences on politics ranging from, ads that promote uninformed voting, all the way to only informing the public about what they believe to be important. I do believe that the media does exercise too much power in America. They should not be allowed to present biased news to the public and should let the people make up their own minds on what they want to believe.
Nonetheless we cannot blame the bureaucratic officials for having these desires because we allow propaganda and we permit governmental promotion to infiltrate our minds and essentially lead our lives. Even when we are actively aware of “subliminal” conditioning, we continue to follow our desires due to the longevity of propaganda and its prevalence in society. Both Huxley and Orwell predicted inaccurately that either-or would be the cause of our deterioration, rather, both our desires and the government work and in hand to tear down the values America’s freedom based foundation.
Money and Democracy’s Dilemma Americans hold sacred their freedom over all else and many have fought fervently to protect it even to their own death. Yet our freedom and our protected rights are at odds with the power and influence of money at all levels of government; none more obvious than those in Washington. It is precisely this freedom that makes the concept of interest groups and lobbyists a part of our democracy’s dilemma. In “The Interest Group Society,” Jeffrey M. Berry and Clyde Wilcox state: The dilemma is this: If government does not allow people to pursue their self-interest, it takes away their political freedom…although the alternative- permitting people to advocate whatever they want- is far more preferable, it also carries dangers. In a system such as ours, interest groups constantly push government to enact policies that benefit small constituencies at the expense of the general public.
Another wound was where FDR lied about the reason on why he was packing the court. In a way the non-enforcement power invites people and that is why they need respect. It is a policy maker and it lets the government function. In addition to the role of the Supreme Court is something that is there and people believe in them and they respect them. It has shaped our country and it has this factor of prestige and respect.
Many countries believe that propaganda helps to institute a necessary level of patriotism in their citizens. Most authoritarian governments, the type of government that Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell illustrates, use propaganda. However, the use of propaganda also limits the freedom of people since propaganda can control thought and speech. Propaganda can influence people to believe that their country is the best country by either exaggerating the positive events that are happening in their country or by showing negative events that are happening in other countries. Nineteen Eighty-Four is more about the dangers of the government controlling people’s thoughts by propaganda than the dangers of an authoritarian government system.
This is why people should have nothing to fear from a nationalistic government: i... ... middle of paper ... ...al level (Eisenach, viii). I do not buy the argument that consolidating more power into the national government invariably leads to progress. At the same time, Croly‘s argument against nostalgic dogma is well founded and enlightened. Indeed, there are several interesting points Croly makes about the ramifications of inaction and indifference regarding amending the constitution. However, it was evident to me after reading the essay that his call for progressivism had, at best, several logical flaws and, at worst, paralleled fascism to an alarming degree.
As said by Angela Phillips and Tamara Wtschge, “Information is to democracy what oxygen is to fire. Without one the other cannot survive. This is why democracy and the independent news media have developed hand in hand, and why any threat to the survival of organized news in the public interest is also a threat to democracy.” (Changing Journalism, 2011, pg. 1) In this day and age, the public is able to make their political presence felt and their opinions heard instead of simply being docile receivers of political news. Authors such as Muthukumaraswamy believe that a “significant accomplishment of the new media world is the shifting of power from publishers and advertisers toward the people” (2010, pg.
The war against Iraq had no strong foundation of reasons as to why President Bush had to start it. Unanswered questions were ignored as the news focused on Saddam 's "evil" ways. As In the “CNNeffect” Peirs Robinson argues that the war on terror actually the death of the Cnn effect as it pushed humanitarian concerns down(pg.235).The media can also influence politics by deciding what news the public needs to hear. Often, there are more potential news stories available to the media than time or space to devote to them, so the media chooses the stories that are the most important and the most sensational for the public to hear. This have been quite a spectacle because of the influence of mass media and the way that American politics are run.