Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: Media; Hearts, Minds and Satellites

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Media; Hearts, Minds and Satellites

This article made the media look like such animals. They did not care about the story or what happened in the story, if people got hurt or killed. All that they cared about was if their network got credit for it. One of the examples they used was when 9/11 happened Cnn saw it as an oppurtunity. That is horrible that the executives could even see a tragedy like that as an oppurtunity to better themselves. This article brought up some interesting questions and ideas that make you think twice before wanting to support a news station or network. Like i said earlier this article shows that the networks are more worried about ratings and how the story comes off and makes them look than if people got killed or hurt. For example today if a soldier gets killed in iraq its a race to who can make the story more compelling and get the better ratings.

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

Can we recognize the importance of ratings and still give journalists some credit for human feelings? I think you are overstating the point here. What evidence do you have that "they did not care . . . if people got hurt or killed"? Tragedy is an opportunity for the media to prove that it can cover the story better than the competition. That may seem ghoulish and lead to excesses, but it does serve the interests of the public. We need CNN and the other networks to go after these stories and self interest improves that coverage.

4/24/2006 10:45 PM  

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