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The 2012 Dilemma And The Media

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It hasn’t been even ten years and here we are all over again. For some reason the human race can not wait to be extinct, and we are already on track for another “Y2K” scare. Every time you turn on the History Channel there is another new program telling us how the world as we know it will end in a little more than two years, sending every viewer into a state of shock, and turning every Tivo into a doomsday prediction recorder from then on out. Now, I am all about putting out as much information about our everyday world out there for all to bear witness, but I also believe in unbiased coverage of events. For some reason television channels, the internet, and even movies have been telling the public our lives are soon to end, and I have yet to see one special or segment telling us this is not the case, when in fact, there is much evidence out there to contradict these theories. There are doomsday predictions crediting the speaking of Nostradamus’ predictions, the Mayan calendar ending, solar flares, and even a reptilian planet by the name of Nuburu, any of which are allegedly going to kill us all. Is it right to play of the public’s fear of death in order to make financial gains? Is it right to endanger the lives of thousands of people and plant a seed in everyone’s brain from which chaos could possibly arise from? This is an outrage, and this is coming from a once supporter of these theories.
It is hard to apply any specific ethical theory to this topic, as most ethical theories seem to side with the reasoning of the protagonist. Utilitarianism can be applied in the inverse to this ethical dilemma. Possibly, society can be looked at as benefiting from all this 2012 nonsense. It provides a fresh form of entertainment to the public, and fattens the pocket books of television executives. Win, win right? There are many problems that arise with this connection in the long run. The possible risks far outweigh the benefits in my eyes. 2012 also clashes with another idea, the idea of virtue ethics. Now, these channels will cry out that they are merely educating the public about these predictions (I use the term loosely) in order to allow “the people” to make the decision on their own. I cry fowl play. The virtuous thing to do would to not only educate the public on the downs, but also the ups, give both sides to the story, and make it a fair game. The History Channel is a well respected station (I pick on them because they seem to have the most invested interest in 2012) that many people get real factual updates, on , well history. For some reason the claim to be the “future channel” now, and that is anything but virtuous.
Unfortunately in this day and age, if any news reporter or television show give the public any information on anything, it is automatically consumed as fact by assumption. We all would like to believe, “why would they lie to...

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