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Why does media control the world?

Asked by Mr_Grimm (367points) March 21st, 2011

I have always noticed how media affects everyones life. The news for example. If they said that eating chocolate everyday will kill you, and then a week later, they say scientists have discovered a peice of dark chocolate everyday is good for your heart. People respond to everything on the media. Or MTV, teens watch that show, and look at how girls dress. All im saying is people are puppets, and the media is the puppeteer. If people know the media is just bull, then why do they rely on it so much? please put your opinions, theorys are all welcome

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janbb's avatar

You speak of the media as a monolith; your premise is faulty.

the100thmonkey's avatar

I think you overestimate the causative role of “media” and underestimate its role as result of social and cultural influences.

You also underestimate individual responses. “People” are not puppets.

Mr_Grimm's avatar

im saying if the news said you need to wear black shoes from now on, then everyone would do it, they say jump, then people will say how high

Summum's avatar

Not everyone is driven by the media but certainly the majority. Look at the reports of 911 and how much of a cover up was instigated. It is huge and people still believe the investigation was corrrect. It is one of the biggest cover ups of all time and the sad thing is there is scientific proof of what really happened but the media did it’s job.

kess's avatar

The media is the tool to shape the collective mindset…consciousness.

This collective mind sways according to the media….
The real question though is who what controls the media….

Ultimately you see it is ignorance.

marinelife's avatar

It is not media that controls the world, it is corporations and governments. Media just reports what is out there.

the100thmonkey's avatar

If the news said I needed to wear black shoes from now on, I’d go and check if this were true.

What you are proposing is nunciatory determinism. It’s bollocks, frankly.

People are swayed by media – that’s its job – not determined by it.

YoBob's avatar

It’s not so much that people are puppets. However, we tend to be shaped by the information at hand. This is exactly why the concept of the free press is so vitally important.

Fyrius's avatar

@janbb raises a good point: “the media” are not one organisation. They don’t work together on one agenda. In fact, television shows directly oppose each other, competing for our attention. So do singers, radio programs, theatre plays, art. And so the media end up being full of whatever will attract and hold people’s attention best.
The media influence the audience and the audience influences the media. No one is in control. It’s more like a jungle where the fittest media survive, than like a conference roomful of shady figures.

For the record, if the news tells me I need to wear black shoes, I want to hear a darned good reason why, and so will a whole lot of other people.
I have white running shoes, they’re good shoes, and they were expensive, why can’t I wear them any more? The only black shoes I have are for special occasions, do I need to go buy casual black shoes now? I’m on a tight budget already. What happens if I just continue wearing these shoes? Isn’t there some other way to stop that from happening?
This is just a small sample of the complaining you’d hear.

Case study: The news says “so it turns out Pluto isn’t really a planet,” the people say LIES, OF COURSE IT’S A PLANET, WHAT THE HECK IS THIS, THEY TAUGHT ME IN SCHOOL THAT IT’S A PLANET, BLOODY SCIENTISTS, WE’RE GOING TO GO OUTSIDE AND PROTEST NOW

janbb's avatar

@Fyrius, my serious friend, is shouting. I lurve it.

Fyrius's avatar

@janbb
Hahaha.
Is it less odd when I point out I was paraphrase-quoting other people’s sentiments?

janbb's avatar

It’s still funny.

Fyrius's avatar

I’m all for funny.

janbb's avatar

I know inside that formal doggy suit there’s a tail that wags.

Fyrius's avatar

Don’t be ridiculous.
Of course the tail doesn’t go inside the suit. Don’t you watch cartoons?

Also, I think we ought to stop the spamming.

incendiary_dan's avatar

“If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” – Joseph Goebbels

Seelix's avatar

The media control the world because we let it.

gondwanalon's avatar

I think that it is because in general people are very gullible. We seem to be eager to believe about anything that people that we place in authority tell us. The flowing written by Frank Zappa sums it up very well:

I Am The Slime by Frank Zappa

I am gross and perverted
I’m obsessed and deranged
I have existed for years but very little has changed
I’m the tool of the government and industry too
For I am destined to rule and regulate you
I may be vile and pernicious but you can’t look away
I make you think I’m delicious with the stuff that I say
I’m the best that you can get
Have you guessed me yet
I’m the slime oozing out from your T.V. set
You will obey me while I lead you
With the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that I don’t need you
Don’t go for help no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
And has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold

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