However, television can provide Americans with both right and wrong morals. Since this book was written in 1985, Postman could not have predicted the influence technology has on the current American population. The theory he applies to television is similar to the theory he probably would have used on modern day media. The dependency we have on media reiterates Postman’s thesis that Americans are losing critical thinking skills and basic human values. Works Cited Postman, N. (1986).
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.
We don’t realize the influence of media because we have relied on it so much that it became almost second nature. Not everyone is influenced the way others are, but some of the information received naturally changes our perception of things. We’ve become so reliant on mass media that it controls a majority of our lives. It is our duty to make sure to not allow media to control our society by limiting what we portray to the public as acceptable. As a society individuals should be able to distinguish the separation of fictional behavior to reality.
Of course the higher class has more of advantage involving mass media. Since the very beginning of new ways of communication, ideas, knowledge, and profit have mixed. Media doesn’t necessarily need to be watched it can be read as well. Journalism is also another way media is used. Journalism has been used as an independent institutional source of political and social power that may watch and track the actions of other higher powers such as religion, economics, and politics.
Another part of the study also shows that in younger Americans, ages 18 to 49, nearly 35 percent are trusting of the media. For being our nation 's primary source of information and current events, that is not a very high percentage Americans that actually trust our news sources. There have obviously been some in accurate reportings or events that took place to provoke this distrust in the American people. All of these factors play a role in why our cable news media should abstain from opinionated broadcasting. Opinion is subject to change, but the facts do not.
We as a society absorb media from a wide variety of forms such as television, radio, magazines, newspapers, billboards and the internet. These are referred to as ‘mass’ media, because they communicate to a mass audience comprised of very large numbers of people (Giddens, 2009, p.724). Mass media affects people differently because of diverse amounts of exposure and formats. It is a form of socialization, having a long-term effect on each member of society. Since numerous people use media very recurrently, it is evident to assume that it has effects on people.
This essay will show, unfortunately, that our democracy is not as healthy as it potentially could be because of television and print’s inadequate coverage of politics and the public’s resultant frustration and lack of knowledge. The reason this occurs is not because the media is trying to restrict our role in the government, but because it has other agendas to consider, such as producing maximum profits. Also, the media can take its obligatory role, often referred to as the “fourth estate,” to an extreme. John McManus, a former newspaper reporter and current professor at Santa Clara University researching the social responsibility of news media, specifically uses this term in his book Market-Driven Journalism: Let the Citizen Beware? to explain the media’s ideal role as the fourth branch of the government.
Throughout history, society has noticed the trend of history “repeating” itself however, seldom do governments worldwide learn from previous political conflicts and wars. Some have debated that modern day society will conform to this pattern and become a totalitarian state, similar to the era of Nazism and WWII. This totalitarian state is predicted in 1984 written by George Orwell in 1948, which takes place in his conjecture of 1984 which is interpreted by many as a foreshadowing of today’s society. Although modern society has shown some similarities to Orwell’s dystopia, technology today is not responsible for our society progressing into a world like 1984. Reasons to believe this are that our society is in control of technology instead of the government, technology is used as a security device instead of being used to shelter citizens from reality, and lastly technology nowadays promotes the expression of thought.
Lippman thought that while the leaders of the country should be elected by the public, it would be best if scientifically oriented people were to make the public policy as they had a clearer picture of what was currently happening (Erikson,3). To a certain point, I th... ... middle of paper ... ...e answer to any question. All four, Lippman, Gallup, Blummer and Rogers have good points for how much credence polls should be given, though I think that Gallup and Lippman are a bit extreme for today’s culture. Lippman wanted to ignore the polls too much and Gallup wanted to enforce the polls too much. I think that polls are just one more tool in a politician’s toolbox.
Many would argue that it is an act against the privacy of the people a... ... middle of paper ... ...ernment parallels Brave New World by posing a danger being powerful, having power through knowledge, and emphasizing commodification. By comparing the World State in Brave New World and our modern society, we should be concerned that the ideals of democracy are not truly reflected when we are under watch by the government, are obscured from the truth, and healthcare insurance is being forced upon us. The government is posing a threat to our role in the government by being powerful. Comparing Brave New World to our own modern society is important because it raises question of how our society could be become if we continue to let the government control our live. As citizens who are eligible to vote, we should question our political leaders, think of the direction our country can take and take the opportunity to have our voice heard by participating in elections.