Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: "Catch 22"

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

"Catch 22"


"Another structural relationship of importance is the media companies' dependence on an ties with government. The radio-TV companies and networks all require government licenses and franchises and are thus potentially subject to government control or harassment." (Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky, page13)
This quote expresses the viscious circle that is the influence the media and the government have on each other. Obviously, one cant turn on the news today without hearing something related to politics (2009 election), and both the positive and negaive effect the two have on eachother are clear as well. The media has the power to influence listeners/watchers for or against a government official by manipulating the news. Whether it is an act or an omission, they are who political fugures turn to when they want to get a point across. Unfortunately, with this power comes the possibility of ridicule by the government toward the media, and we all know how powerful the government is.

1 Comments:

Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good quotation from the reading. The authors are making a point about how government regulation is a form of control over the media. We do need to understand the limits of this power. You seem to be attributing a lot of power to the government. That assertion would need to be supported with some evidence. Can you cite an example of how the media is influenced by the government?

Don't forget to proof-read your post.

2/06/2008 8:55 PM  

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