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  • We're likely to have grown up thinking that the mainstream Media was our friend

  • The common sense natural judge of everything that matters and is important and a reliable guide to existence

  • But we might also be realizing that isn't quite true

  • Let's take a moment to remind ourselves of some of the things that might be slightly or even very wrong with Mainstream Media

  • It's pretty easy to do no one can pass such headlines without giving way to a click

  • in order to gain money from advertisers or governments the media has to hook us in and it knows our minds are helpless in the

  • face of such headlines

  • We look to the media to tell us about what matters, but it cares predominantly about what will excite us

  • Sometimes the two categories coincide what's most important in the world [maybe] what's most immediately exciting too?

  • But usually that's not the case

  • We're built to have an almost irresistible attraction to certain stories involving power fame disaster and sex and yet

  • We're tempted to yawn about schools developing world problems, and the money supply. We're not evil

  • It's just the equivalent of our fatal weakness for processed sugar fat and salt and the media does everything it can to exploit this

  • In theory the media has a deeply important function to play in a democracy

  • It's meant to direct a mass audience to engage with the greatest problems in Society so as to push politicians to make necessary changes

  • But as it is the media is obsessed with scandals it focuses relentlessly on the rather thrilling

  • Misdemeanors of a few people rather than the large systemic failings that are harder to see and far less sexy to describe

  • It gives the population of feeling that it's on the side of the little guy against the big guy

  • Far from it the sacrifice [of] the odd bigwig [in] a scandal and nothing and reliably take our eyes of pushing for proper large-scale

  • improvements

  • Most problems in society take time to fix but by constantly changing the topic of National

  • Conversation the Media ensures that nothing will remain a priority for long

  • One always makes more money getting someone scared about bugs viruses

  • Explosions than getting them to a sane correct assessment of the dangers facing them and a melancholy acceptance of death and compromise in General

  • One makes more money getting people furious than patient before the challenges of writing or wrong or philosophical in the face of human evil

  • It reports in impassive terms about adultery in Hollywood marriage

  • Or the bad behavior of a model it pretends to care about so-called

  • Transgressions while not admitting that it's at the same time

  • Titillating the audience most of whom deepen their unconscious would love a chance to do what's being condemned on the surface the media therefore?

  • Hypocritically satisfies both our fantasies and on need to think ourselves normal and respectable

  • It's called the news because of an obsession with the notion that the new and important go together

  • But much that just happened is far less important that many things that occurred thousands of years ago

  • There are things we need that lie further back the most significant bits of information could not always have happened in the last 24 hours

  • as the news pretends

  • When the media is in a serious mood, it will give us six thousand word essays on Global warming

  • but [only] a handful of people read it seems the choice is either between a sexy and banal or the serious and

  • Starchy in the [utopia] what we need is the most serious issues presented in the most engaging ways

  • It's not enough [for] serious journalists to plunk the important stories before us

  • They need to work doubly hard to get the story and then also to make it exciting as exciting as the latest from Taylor Swift

  • There's nothing wrong with having famous people in a society the reason why celebrities

  • Become a dirty word is that we've got the wrong celebs in front of us. We need the media to anoint people with fame

  • But fame for doing noble and good things that really help a nation we don't need to get rid of celebrities. We need better varieties

  • We like to think we've got a good media because it's free freedom is a wonderful privilege. No doubt but on its own. It's nothing

  • We need a media that isn't just free but also good that is able to direct a mass audience towards

  • What truly counts which is as it's been since the days of plato

  • Justice truth and wisdom

We're likely to have grown up thinking that the mainstream Media was our friend

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POP CULTURE: What's wrong with the media

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    賴郁佳 posted on 2020/06/25
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