A Stand Still Culture In An Ever Changing World

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John F. Kennedy once said, “No matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as the truth.” In this age of information no one in history would ever believe how true this quote holds in these generations. Global ignorance is alarmingly prevalent among scholars and youth alike. This is a world of biased and exaggerated media, dated generalizations, and a school curriculum that teaches youth to believe rather than question and explore. Without the knowledge of the past, present, and future global patterns, the public relies on other people to think for them and are ignorant to the world they live in. This is also causing misconceptions of cultures; which is leading to false stereotyping and discrimination.
When given thirty minutes to an hour of air time how much information about the world can really be covered? This has become an ignored question amongst the world today. Millions of people go about their day while hundreds if not thousands of events occur world wide. The majority of those who rightfully ignore the rest of the world to focus on their own lives will watch the news at the end of the day. This time is used to catch up on the daily events and the status of the world. A murder in the Bronx, a missing plane over Asian seas, and a center piece on the nation's foreign affairs with Russia are the types of stories being covered on the nightly news. Only so much of the world's problems and stories of nations can be told in an hour. No one in their right mind expects a single person to know everything about the world. Neil deGrasse Tyson, in The Sky is Not the Limit, is quoted saying, “there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.”
The next problem of the media that causes ignorance is the mass bias of news networks. Sheldon Ungar, in “Ignorance as an Under-Identified Social Problem, confronts the issues that the world is facing head on. When speaking about the media's plague on the public's knowledge Ungar presents the time frame of post 9-11. A chain of ignorance was at play at this time, as the Bush administration loosely associated Suddam Hussein to the, Al-Queda led, 9-11 attack. To many people in the United States “fear that Saddam would provide weapons of mass destruction to terrorists was the primary justification for the war, public credulity amounted to another case of deadly ignorance” (Ungar 307). This causes ignorance on it's own with the fact that “both before and
after the start of the war, the US media muted criticism of the administration” (Ungar 307). if people do not have the entire case of events; true evaluation cannot be made. Public political statements and little news coverage of criticism allowed for public support on the war against Saddam Hussein and Iraq.
On the same topic of the media, Ungar presents the idea that Americans do not discuss politics actively and “research reveals that media...

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