I think for a lot of people, the media is like a drug. The media is where they get all their information in the world, but that doesn't mean it's always correct information. The media is the most powerful source of information, it can make or break you. When I was little, I watched a lot of people around me, some were my parents friends, who had a lot of bad media because of little mistakes they had made a long time ago, and they were ruined. They were good people. I think before we say the media is reliable, I think we should think about how many times the media has given someone good publicity. When you think about it, no one really wants to hear how great people's lives are, everyone wants to hear how bad they are so they can think that they're lives aren't that bad. Yes, the media is a great source of information, it's speedy, and mostly in world-wide situations, it's reliable. But I would say that easily, the media breaks people more than it builds up people, it makes things worse than it seems. The media gives their slant on everything, they're biased, they're opinionated, perhaps more so than they should be.
|Media, good or bad?|
2. Have you ever watched or read a news story that made you want to take action?
Definitely. As I said above, I've seen many people around me be ruined by bad publicity, even if there was no proof that they did the things that they did. Yellow Journalism. This one man, his name was Jeff, he ran a foundation I did volunteer work with called Just Enough Faith, which he used to feed the homeless, and he had some bad publicity saying he did things like gamble away his foundation's money. This wasn't true, he did gamble, but it was his own money. He loved his foundation, and non of his employee's believed this publicity, but he was persecuted, and the media broke him. He was a millionaire, but now he has nothing. He is the nicest guy in the world, my parents have known him before I was born, and he has never done anything worth this publicity since they've met him. He is generous and kind and he would never hurt anyone, but these people made him look like a robber, a criminal. My family was so close to him, I got very angry when I heard this story. I've known him since I was a baby, I have worked with him since I was five, yet people don't care about each other if you are going to benefit from it. The people trying to put him out of business, who gave him this bad publicity, were the people who tried to take over his foundation.
3. Who is accountable for the media?
I've said it before, in my earlier posts, that I don't think you should be blamed for something that you didn't mean to do, or necessarily know the whole fact about. I think acting on the idea that every journalist or news reporter is fully responsible for what they do is a little stupid, they don't give themselves the assignment. My belief is that journalists are partially responsible for it, but definitely not fully. I actually think people, just regular people, are responsible for the media. It can take one complaint from a person to someone in the media to ruin a persons life. I think the media gets information from people, and then distorts it, slants it, and makes it opinionated according to their feelings about the story. I think the journalist is responsible to some degree, but overall, its people. People need to realise that they can't accept everything that they read without question, they need to think for themselves, they need to decide whether they agree, not just jump on the bandwagon.
|Who should be held accountable?|