You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Present a written argument or case to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic.
Whoever controls the media also controls opinions and attitudes of the people and there is little can be done to rectify this.
To what extend do you agree or disagree?
You should use your own ideas, knowledge and experience and support your arguments with examples and relevant evidence.
Write at least 250 words.
In some countries the media is controlled exclusively by large companies; in other it is the government that has this control. Often, in war situation, one of the first casualties is the media, which is seized by one group or another. This gives some support to the idea that the media is a source of power and control.
Whoever controls the media also has ultimate control over what is published or broadcasted and what is omitted. They can also add a certain prejudice or bias to their coverage of certain news stories depending on their own feelings about the matter. This is not a new problem, although the issue is perhaps more pressing now that the Internet and play-TV have enabled these messages to be disseminated even further.
However, we should remember that readers have their own ideas and opinions. You can control what is printed but you cannot control the opinions of your readers. I think the only positive here is that, nowadays, people seem to be much more cynical about what they read in the press or hear on the television. In particular, when it comes to the tabloid press, people know that they have to take what they read with a grain of salt. In other words, they read knowing they may be being lied to. Perhaps it is even greater concern that we have become so accepting of this form of censorship.
The only thing that can be done to alter this situation is for the government to regulate the industry so that there is no longer a monopoly on media ownership. This also means that they have to allow and support a totally free press, even if this means the government may be criticised or ridiculed within its pages.
Everything is not how it seems – especially in the face of the media. The saying “truth is stranger than fiction” is surprisingly accurate, for we have been deceived on such a massive scale with the information exported through the media.
Now, does it really matter ‘who’ controls the media? I mean; I could probably come up with ideas for both sides of the argument. But at the same time, it is my own personal opinion, that no matter ‘who’ controls the media, there’s always going to be people who break through.
As an active user of many social media forums, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, through not only my laptop but smartphone. On a daily basis. This media has become a constant in today’s society. These are all forms of social media and let people speak out about issues in today’s society. Many of our ‘news mediums’ may be completely different.
The influence of all this modern media is at such a high stake; the community relies on many bases of not only social media, but regular media for their daily dose of the news – but is what we’re being ‘fed’ all correct, or insanely one sided? There are vast ranges of media, from News Presentations, to blogs, to Facebook pages and twitter. And these are all owned by certain people/corporate businesses.
Our most influential and most publicised individual in Australia is none other than the ‘great’ Rupert Murdoch. Through his/News Corp’s mass ownership of many newspapers, magazines, Foxtel and Fairfax.
Rupert Murdoch definitely doesn’t control (much) of the media that I use personally, but still has a massive impact in a lot of the media that I encounter on a daily basis. It is of my personal opinion, that having one single individual controlling such an immerse use of the media could ultimately “corrupt” some of the community.
This single person sends out the information that we are being ‘fed’ every single day, whose to say it isn’t the most biased thing in the entire world? How do we know that what we hear and see every single day is brainwashing us into thinking exactly what he wants us to think?
It all comes down to this… who owns the media controls it, and there’s not a high chance that that’ll change anytime soon. They control what we see and hear in the media, and this is a big issue that people need to be aware of.