The Ubiquitous Media
The news media is an ubiquitous presence in our times. Whether it is the switching of a television channel, turning a radio dial, signing on the Internet, or glancing at a newspaper, the media is present. It is a social infrastructure that was created to inform citizens of happenings, but has now become a multi-billion dollar association of corporations and advertising agencies. The real price of the media is incalculable because of how it shapes and molds our views of the world. This influence for the most part is positive and horizon expanding but may have negative connotations.
The news media is limitless. It provides for me all the basic factual information I need in order to be an informed citizen. By reading a newspaper or watching the evening news, I gain a wider view of the world. My opinions are formed partly by the news because of the facts given. My viewpoints are not formed entirely by the news media though; there is a definite difference between believing and simply listening.
Some of America tends to be easily influenced by what the media states as the truth, and it turns out that many of these "truths" are in fact false or embellished. This can lead to ignorance and lack of knowledge depending on how it affects the reader. At times, biased news reports have influenced my own perspective on the world.
For example, recently there have been student protests at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From the administration's point of view, the protests are out of line, disruptive, and without-purpose. Upon hearing this report, my sympathy was shifted to the administrator's side. But after learning of why the protests were occurring from a student's perspective, I understood that this outpouring of opinion was necessary. Harvard University was underpaying its employees below the living wage, and the students found this to be unfair so a sit-in was...