All media has a purpose. Some media is to merely inform, other mediums are for entertainment or for consumers. However, all media results in some sort of reaction. Whether it is the audience thinking a certain way about something or going out and buying a certain product, all media has an outcome. I have found it very interesting to look at media portrayed around the world to see what kind of results it endeavors to produce. Sadly enough, most people consume without questioning the source or purpose. “[W]e have come to a point where it is no longer even necessary for media institutions to attempt to hide their blatant work of manipulating public opinion, manufacturing consent, and creating winners and losers in the minds of the already brain-washed public”, according to Waking Times.
So what do I mean by manipulation? “Manipulation is a way to covertly influence someone with indirect, deceptive, or abusive tactics” according to Google. Let us look at some of the tactics used for manipulation. Waking Times provides a list in their article “Is Everything in the Mainstream Media Fake? – 6 Examples of Media Manipulation”. I found this really interesting and would like to cover it in this blog post. I want to use later posts to go back and look at the examples I provided in this post in order to go into further depth and explanation. Today however, I would just like to throw out some examples I found in the Waking Times and would enjoy elaborating on later.
- Time Magazine
Time Magazine is one of the most well-known world leaders of news, and “consistently portray a dumbed-down, frivolous image of life in America while presenting an entirely different message to the rest of the world.”
- CNN the “fear monger”.
“CNN has scripted and staged live war coverage to create a sense of drama and danger around people who were not in harm’s way.” Waking Times then provides two different video examples of staged events from CNN.
For the sake of time, like I stated before, I will cover these and do more research in later blog posts.
- Fake Reality TV
While a lot of people believe everything they see on TV, most people should know that reality TV isn’t really reality. I was filmed for a reality TV show back in high school as well as being on the set for American Idol once. I can say from personal experience that it was nothing like the final, edited version of the episodes. There is a lot going on behind the scenes that the viewer isn’t supposed to know about.
- Local news is nationally scripted
Here are a few examples:
- The advertisement industry
I think most people know where I am headed with this one.
I hope this quick little introduction will at least spark some interest. I look forward to using my next few blogs post to go back over these five examples and show more research and commentary on them. I will also look at more sources.
Until then, stay classy.