Media Ownership Ownership of the media by a small handful of companies has created several problems for democracy since it’s existence. Because the media has been such a major source of information for us Americans we must learn to be skeptical of these large corporations and their motives. Commercialism and the lack of diversity of the media are two such problems that have been created due to these large corporations. The main source of money for any media outlet, whether it is CNN or the local newspaper, is from advertisers, not the audiences like you would expect. “In a survey of 118 news directors around the country, more than half, 53 percent, reported that advertisers pressure them to kill negative stories or run positive ones.” News directors have also reported that outside TV consultants have been brought in to stations to critique their newscasts and improve ratings by often issuing blanket edicts about what should and should not be covered in doer to attract the most advertising dollars.
Over the years, media has become more manipulative toward their viewers, trying to impose a one sided story in which they only want the people to listen to. The most power in the United States would go to the government because they are the top commanding what needs to be done. This being said, the government can control the media to only view what they want the people to see, limiting the truth and a one-sided opinion. In the novel It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, he depicts fear will compel the people to abandon their freedom to be secure from any harm. The manipulation of the media is greatly to blame, distributing fear to the people so the government can be in control of them.
The Presidents' inability to control the press exposes their vulnerability and tends to question the actual power they can actually exert. All presidents, at some time or another, became frustrated at what they perceived as unfair treatment by the press, even while acknowledging its vital function in a free society, and many presidents have been a part of a scandal. The current presidential scandal with Monica Lewinsky had swept the Nation overnight. It seems quite impossible to know just how it will all turn out, and unfair to even speculate, but the media certainly seems to think they possess that right. It is obvious that this story has changed the face of journalism, has put online media on the map in a major way, and has made life more difficult for newspapers forever.
Weir provided the call of action for change back in 1998 and today in 2014 it still has not changed for the better and has only gotten worse. The motivation for a radical change in American government and media corporations is there, but will we finally take the chance and push for a better way of life. Or, will we simply continue to allow the media and government to spy on its citizens, manipulate our news, and pressure us to be the biggest consumers in the world. We can only hope that one day we, like Truman Burbank, can break out of this corrupted system.
Media has become part of conglomerations consisting or television, newspapers, and movie companies all under on major corporation. Larger corporations which have started to buy out the original companies are more in it for the money leaving the news portion of the company up to the editors. Leaving editing to the editors can possibly lead to a large bias that will sway the public?s opinion when it comes to elections, policy making, and a lack of being a watchdog for the two major political parties. Editors who make th... ... middle of paper ... ...ongressman, Senators, Governors, in some states, judges, and on national election days when they vote for the next president of the United States. Works Cited: Cooper, S. D. (Jan 2005).
He predicted the future and what it would look like. His novel had caused quite a scare and governments began to make sure that they did not become Big Brother and citizens made sure that they didn’t become the Party members. But, in reality, it was too late because today there are more similarities between the citizens of the United States with the Party members and the United States Government with Big Brother. The United States government controls and regulates everything in an average American’s everyday life. The most important thing that they control is the amount of information that reaches the American public.
Television: The Addicting Time Waster of the Modern Age Have you ever wondered if you watch television that it might be harmful to you? Do you think that you might be addicted to your television to the television? Do you feel drained of energy after you get done watching a show or two? In our modern age, every person at least owns a television set some kind and has watched television shows or movies to pass the time. Robert Kubey and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi describe television in their article, “Television Addiction is No Mere Metaphor”, as a form of a drug that can leave the body quickly.
Technology has advanced to such frankness that indecent subjects have become a parent’s worst nightmare, in particular radio and television broadcasting. We are the true censors here; most people depend on media censorship, where a regulating commission develops a standard, but more investigations should be conducted to locate a factual level of contents and decency programing being broadcast. In question are the regulatial programming of indecent material, and the reaction of the FCC to primetime network shows vs. the Wild West follies of the non-network presentations, an unfortunate reactions of broadcaster’s self-censorship of live shows, where cost vs. benefits and the utilization of V-chip technology to block content through the national rating system. First, we have different sets of rules for network and non-network media restrictions, where broadcasters have restrictive rules for live TV shows, such as awards shows, reality television, or football games, unlike the coarseness of non-network shows, where indecency is common. Jesse Walker of the Libertarian Party offers straigh...
Corporate Interests and Their Impact on News Coverage Hypothesis There is no denying that news media is big business. The complete coverage of stories and investigative reports are certainly at risk with the rise of media as a business, rather than strictly a service to the public. Over the past few years, there have been a number of cases where television stations or news publications have killed news stories or forced reporters to slant stories due to pressure from advertisers or those in power at the news. This paper will attempt to examine the relationship between social responsibility and news editors, and apply ethical theories to explain what should and can be done. Should editors have the power to kill or slant stories, depending on their own interests or those of their advertisers?
Since the foundation of the United States after a harsh split from Britain, almost 200 years later, an issue that could claim the founding grounds for the country is now being challenged by educators, high-ranking officials, and other countries. Though it is being challenged, many libertarians, democrats, and free-speech thinkers hold the claim that censorship violates our so-called unalienable rights, as it has been proven throughout many court cases. Censorship in the United States is detrimental because it has drastically and negatively altered many significant events. Censorship allows governments more control of society than they already have, slowly progressing governments utilizing censorship to a dictatorship. Often times, this censorship can lead to immense rebellions.