Media In Plato's Allegory Of The Cave

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According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the definition of a cave is “a natural opening in the ground extending beyond the zone of light and large enough to permit the entry of man.” It is “natural” for people to be stuck in a cave, where they believe everything that is told to them and do not question what is being taught to them. Media is around us all the time and we cannot simply escape it. Media, in many ways, is everything. What we have to be careful of is becoming “prisoners” of media and we cannot become so dependent on media that we cannot function if something goes wrong. We also need to be careful in the sense that everything that media presents us may not be 100% accurate, factual or proven. Media is a cave. People who do not question…show more content…
A cave is media in the sense that they can control how people may perceive the world and society. The outside of the cave is what reality actually is while the prisoners in the cave only see the shadows, which can be seen as what other people want them to see. The media outlets control what we can and cannot see. Filters also controls what we can see by basing the filtering on past searches. In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Plato has the belief that what we perceive and see is not reality, but a copy and lesser version of reality. The shadows the prisoners see is what the media wants us to perceive as reality instead of the truth. The way media outlets display their articles and information, often dictates how someone will perceive something. It may not be the information that they are putting out is false, but it is information they decide to leave out or the way in which they…show more content…
In the Allegory of the Cave, the puppeteers are like algorithms people use. Algorithms are used to sort, classify and hierarchize information when it pertains to media. We use algorithms to tell the computer or device to do something. Every time you use a piece of technology, you are telling your computer something and your computer works because of the algorithms used to program. “Google tweaks its algorithms in certain directions—for example, away from porn. Huge steppes of reality remain immune to indexing. Most of them are in the past and many more are in the future, and possibility so outspins any documentation” (357). Algorithms are used to determine what you can see and they are used to determine what is filtered out. There are certain things that you cannot Google or use a search engine to find. You will not find the answer to life on Google. Google in a sense is a shadow. It is a shadow in the sense that Google will come up with perceptions that other people have put out there on the web and thought of.
A cave is a metaphor for media in every sense of the word and can be very much connected to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. We must be careful with what we find in the media and what we search. Google may try to find you answers but the answers it comes up with are
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