Polarized Media and Critical Thinking
Since our first President George Washington we have been warned as a society about the perils associated with partisanship in our government. The main point which I have drawn from an excerpt of George Washington’s Sept. 19, 1796 farewell address is one urging against this practice, this excerpt goes on to warn about our nature as Human beings as one which at its core may be the most vengeful and dominating forces on the planet. The following quote summarizes the ideas with regard to partisanship in government which I hope to link to polar media through this essay.
“…It serves always to distract the Public Councils and enfeeble the Public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”
- George Washington, Farewell Address September 19, 1796
As if a thorn in his side our country today has heeded no warning against this partisanship practice, throughout our economic and social system we have in fact done just the opposite (Fiorina). Media is in particular the most blatant example of this practice in which parties have afforded no hindrance to our history and the warnings it provides. Partisan media or ‘polarized media’ has showcased our human ability to find vengeance and animosity in practically any situation or circumstance, I believe that it is the charge of every American to continuously question news its content and subject for bias of any fashion.
While I acknowledge that everyone may not feel that media has much impact throughout our society I question there unbiased nature, polarized left and right wing media stems from every possible direction. With twenty four hour news cycles and thousands of television channels many of which are dedicated to one station or another we have been subjugated to ‘news’ which showcases events only in a manner which will please the majority of the market resulting in an overall increase in market share and profit.
My first point of three is to deal with the recent Arizona Shootings which took place on January 8, 2011 killing: Taylor Green, Dorothy Morris, John Roll, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and Gabriel Zimmerman. While it is common place that we all too often shrug the actions of our media as something which is unbiased and truthful in its essence I believe that there is more to this story. The media throughout history has set our political and societal norms which we base our very existence upon (Sirota). Media has chosen to abandon the majority of us who simply find run of the mill news important rather to better focus their efforts on the audiences which they can...