Malcolm X, a human rights activist, once said, “The media´s the most powerful entity on Earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and the guilty innocent, and that´s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” Through numerous studies and considerable amount of research, it has become clear that the media has a significant effect on society and its perception. This applies to all topics, but mostly to issues that are difficult for the mass to experience for themselves. For example, our views of government and social institutions are largely based on the medium’s reports, not our own experiences.
Though it may not look like it at the surface, media affects everyone’s lives whether it be in the past, present, or future. Media is the one thing that everyone sees and it the most popular way of transferring information from person to person. If this kind of power gets into the wrong hands, it can easily be used to destroy a society instead of build it up and better itself. Media and the information it distributes can be changed at any time, it can demolish the individual mind and opinion, and spread fear and corruption very quickly. Making opinions or views also easy to spread and force upon people. This exact idea is demonstrated in George Orwell’s book 1984. 1984 demonstrates the power media has to demolish a society and self-worth when under a corrupt
Media is the most powerful sector of an economy. It is a tool to maintain a balanced society which is characterized by well informed people, effective democracy and social justice. In fact, media has unparallel influence on all aspects of human life in modern times.
Looking the historical moment we are living at, it is undeniable that the media plays a crucial role on who we are both as individuals and as a society, and how we look at the...
The American media is a vital resource for coverage on national and international affairs. They keep the public informed and report on matters that the United States is involved in so the American people can form their own views and opinions on them. Notably the media simply cannot report on every event that involves America so, they also have the job of picking and choosing between what is most important and what is newsworthy, alongside the task of reporting news reports that will produce high enough ratings to keep their news station up and running. All American media outlets face these challenges; whether it is television media, newspaper media, or radio media. Both the American media and the American people need each other—the people need the media for information on current events and American affairs, and the media need the people for ratings and reoccurring interest and support in their news reports to keep them in business.
398).It is also stated that news divisions reduced their costs, and raised the entertainment factor of the broadcasts put on air. (p. 400). Secondly, the media determines its sources for stories by putting the best journalists on the case and assign them to areas where news worthy stories just emanates. (p.400). Third, the media decides how to present the news by taking the most controversial or relevant events and compressing them into 30 second sound-bites. (p.402). finally, the authors also explain how the media affects the general public. The authors’ state “The effect of one news story on public opinion may be trivial but the cumulative effect of dozens of news stories may be important. This shows a direct correlation between public opinions and what the media may find “relevant”. (Edwards, Wattenberg, Lineberry, 2015, p.
Growing up, we rely on our parents to teach us the ways of life. Not only that, but they show us how to dress, how to speak, what is considered good or bad, and help us to determine how we see ourselves. As children, our parents were our guardians, teachers, and caretakers. Unfortunately, once we grow up we stop depending on our parents to teach us the ways of life and start relying on the media instead. In the 21st century, mass media is the informational outlet to all human beings in the world. It teaches us how to dress, how to look and act, what is identified as good or bad, and how to think. The significance of society’s reliance on mass media determines how tightly the world is connected to each other. With such dependence on mass media, it is questionable if the mass media is really influences our lives for the better or hindering our lives for the worst. The influences of mass media promote not only products, but the moods, the attitudes, and the determination on what people should believe is and is not important.
Currently, the office of the United States Presidency is one of the most powerful positions in the world. The President has the power to influence Congress, the nation and the free world. However, the US Media, which is also the freest and most powerful press, has had control over the presidency. The advent of CNN, ABC, NBC and others has had the effect of being able to sway the population of the United States, either garnering support for a president or destroying his credibility. The media has permitted the spread of information, allowing the people to take a more active role in politics making the general will better known, but it has also made politicians and the public hostage to the ideas and opinions of reporters, who are often only after a gripping story and a large profit. The media has the power to sway the American public by reporting favorably or with disfavor on a candidate, thus making a presidential candidate the prisoner of entertainment companies. Thus it could be said that the American people lose their ability to truly know a candidate because of the media. Instead they vote according to what they are told by major publications rather than what they believe. In this paper, I will explore whether the Media is a valuable resource or a does it have an undue influence over the President and the American public?
Media displays can often rebound and are subject to criticism as it plays the very important role of giving information to the general public. This can be a double-edged sword, tricky to use, as the president can use the bully pulpit in such a way to manipulate, yet the general public will only be knowledgeable enough based on the information we are given. Though the initiation of the Iraq War may forever be a controversy and a question in the hearts of Americans, it will always be an uncertainty. As a recent war with the new technology that the media uses, it can be seen how easily propaganda can spread and how information media is one of the most powerful tools of government.
The power of the mass media has once become so powerful that its undoubtedly significant role in the world today stays beyond any questions. It is so strong that even politics uses it as a means of governing in any country around the world. The mass media has not only political meaning but also it conveys wide knowledge concerning all possible aspects of human beings’ lives and, what is utterly true, influences on people’s points of view and their attitude to the surrounding environment. It is completely agreeable about what kind of virtues the mass media is supposed to accent. Nevertheless, it is not frequent at all that the media provides societies with such a content, which is doubtful in terms of the role consigned to it. Presenting violence and intolerance as well as shaping and manipulating public are only a few examples of how the role of mass media is misunderstood by those who define themselves as leading media makers.