I’m shocked, appalled even. What do you mean mass media is not an objective source of information? What do you mean history is written by the victor?
It was interesting reading through a couple of the other BCM110 posts about this topic, it really makes you wonder about how many of these 18, 19 and 20 year olds really cared about their news sources before they had to research this question. Come on… really, how many of you seriously thought about who owned the corporations that bring you your favourite hard hitting articles, or gossip magazines? I know people who will buy a paper purely based on how pretty the front page looks (and most of the time that seems to be The Daily Telegraph).
But people need to be media savvy with the amount of people vying for not only your dollar, but in many cases, your vote.
As long as there has been media sources, there have been people trying to exploit them for their own gain. That’s just the nature of the beast, it’s a platform where people can build empires on the way in which information is interpreted by the public.
I guess what it really comes down to is the fact that rich media executives didn’t become rich media executives by supporting views or schools of thought that didn’t help them become rich media executives.
Another point many of these other blog posts were making is that Rupert Murdoch is an evil, evil man and it is his and only his political and social bias that oozes from the very pages of EVERY single media source that he has a stake in; which to some extent may be somewhat true, but it is not he who is editing or having the final say about what pieces are published.
In a perfect world, media would be completely unbiased and it would be on the public to make its own decisions about how the information is interpreted. However, it has to be said that the public should be conscious of the bias presented by different media publications and outlets, and this should be taking into consideration when opinions are formed from this information.
But this my friends is no perfect world.