Society’s Thoughts on Thoughts

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Every individual has an opinion and it could be factual or it could be completely incorrect. In the United States, Americans have the ability to think and expressed their thoughts in a legal manner. The drawback is when thoughts are communicated through the media, such as on the television; and millions of people receives one person’s view in a matter of seconds. Not that stating an opinion is erroneous but how society portraits it and handles it is entirely different. Additionally, citizens throughout the United States have “claimed that celebrities, together with media professionals, have replaced both teachers and religious leaders as the most important educators of our time” (Good & Borden 14). How does a person know then if he or she should be agreeing with a celebrity? How does one determine “the ethical justifiability of speaking out” when listening to a celebrity voice he or she’s opinion (Good & Borden 15)? These questions make it strenuous for society to judge if it is not only acceptable for celebrities to do that, but how can a person tell if the celebrity is testifying nonsense or not. Thus, the main issue is that society should be questioning every opinion out in the world because people do produce false statements. As the world becomes more dependent on media to relay truthful information, hypotheses have been thought up on how celebrities’ opinions are faulty based on the fact that they have “a transaction between two complicated systems of actors with complex internal relationships” (Gamson 114-125). Meaning that celebrities have internal relationships with the camera crew, the editors, the journalists, etc. Having these relationships can alter the original views of a celebrity’s belief. For example an editor ca... ... middle of paper ... ...ce Of Media Power, Pilgrims And Witnesses Of The Media Age. Psychology Press, 2000. 56-59. Print. Fraser, Benson P., and William J. Brown. "Identification With Elvis Presley." Media, Celebrities, and Social Influence. 5.2 (2002): 183-206. Print. Gamson, Wlliam. "Movements and Media as Interacting Systems." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 528. (1993): 114-125. Web. 13 Dec. 2011. . Lester, Libby. Media And Environment, Conflict, Politics And The News. Malden: Polity Pr, 2011. 31-42. Print. Wyatt, Wendy, and Kristie Bunton. "The Ethics of Speaking Out." Ethics and Entertainment: Essays on Media Culture and Media Morality. Ed. Howard Good and Ed. Sandra L. Borden. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2010. 9-22. Print.
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