Mark: 17 out of 20
Whilst some of us are still using up our Y2k rations we were scared into buying last year, and finding uses for cases of bottled wter and packets of candles. The media are preparing us for another onslaught of hype.
Media hype, sports hype, movie hype, global warming hype,
nuclear bomb hype, it's coming at us from all directions, and most of the hoopla is being generated by those who stand to profit most from it. The news media.
So who are the media? and why is the media doing this to us?
Both print and electronic journalism share the same ideology,
it is an ideology that is embedded in everything the news media does.
The basis of this ideology is rooted in commercialism. Media owners, advertisers and authors have built up this commercial ideology. Why? Because Capitalism has become
the number one priority for many western media outlets.
Although not always right or even good, these ideologies are put in place to protect the news media's powerful position.
It is said that,
"The class which is the dominant material force of society is at the same time its dominant intellectual force"Marx and Engels (1970)
By observing our feelings, our nations and our social
beliefs, Journalists are able to make sense of the information world we live in. How the media presents this
information back to us is what highlights the differences between print and electronic journalism.
So it is through television, newspapers and radio that the information we have come to call news is given back to us.
Like all entertainment businesses and all commercial enterprise they need to attract their consumers.
Vairous psychological tools are used upon us. It is
commonly known that we are not concentrating on everything we are seeing and...